NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

The Post and Telegraph Department in the First World War

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A web-based project, commissioned by New Zealand Post, highlighting the vital role played by New Zealand’s postal system – the Internet of its time – during the First World War.

Members of the World War I Post & Telegraph Guard

This web-based project, commissioned by New Zealand Post, highlights the vital role played by New Zealand’s postal system – the Internet of its time – during the First World War. It will showcase the contribution to the war effort of the staff of the Post and Telegraph Department – under fire, behind the lines and on the home front.

Historian David Green of Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage is researching web features on topics such as laying communications cables under fire, the logistics of getting mail from New Zealand to the front line, the role of post offices as community hubs during the war, and the importance for the war effort of rapid communication by telegraph and radio.

Features will appear on the NZHistory website from August 2014. If you have any information or artefacts relating to the Post and Telegraph Department’s role in the First World War, please contact charles.ropitini@nzpost.co.nz.

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Members of the World War I Post & Telegraph Guard, Cable Bay, Nelson. Jones, Frederick Nelson, 1881-1962 :Negatives of the Nelson district. Ref: 1/1-011487-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23081386
This activity is being worked on from
2014
 to 
2016
Date added: 30 June 2014 | Last updated: 07 April 2016

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