Kōrero: Telecommunications

Party lines

Many farming communities set up their own telephone networks. Known as ‘party lines’, the networks were shared by up to 10 households, and it was possible for people to listen in on others’ conversations.

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Reference: Telephone Talk. National Film Unit, 1953

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

A. C. Wilson, 'Telecommunications - Post and Telegraph, 1914–1945', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/video/22015/party-lines (accessed 20 August 2019)

Story by A. C. Wilson, published 11 Mar 2010