These mailbags have been unloaded at the railway station at Cass in Canterbury and are being transferred onto waiting coaches, around 1880. By the late 19th century the railway was reaching many parts of the North and South islands, and carried a large amount of the mail. However, foot, horseback and coach deliveries were also used to reach smaller settlements.
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