The telegraph spread rapidly as a means of communication. Introduced to New Zealand in 1862, by 1868 it connected major towns and ports. By 1880 smaller centres were connected in both the North and South islands, and by 1892 telegraph extended to many rural towns.
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Source: Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1868, E-5; 1876, F1-A; 1890, F1