Story: Mail and couriers

Sorting mail in a railway carriage, 1930s (1st of 4)

Sorting mail in a railway carriage, 1930s

Travelling post offices – railway carriages where mail was carried and sorted – were in use in New Zealand from 1878 until 1971. From 1909 the post office carriage ran direct from Wellington to Auckland. After one mail carriage caught fire, they were carried right at the end of the train. These postal workers are sorting mail in about 1939.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: MNZ-2091-1/2-F

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How to cite this page:

Tim Shoebridge, 'Mail and couriers - Mail in the 20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/23057/sorting-mail-in-a-railway-carriage-1930s (accessed 15 December 2019)

Story by Tim Shoebridge, published 11 Mar 2010