Story: Security and personal safety

Armed guard, 1906 (1st of 2)

Armed guard, 1906

The men who worked in the Taihape office of the Public Works Department when the main trunk line was being built were wary of the amount of cash they handled when they paid the wages. They worked behind drawn curtains and had a rifle at the ready. The practice of clerks, tellers and bank managers having weapons to hand when they handled large amounts of cash had ceased by the 1960s.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: AAVK W3493, E4672

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Carl Walrond, 'Security and personal safety - Property security', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Aug 2017