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Pigeon post

Pigeon post

Great Barrier Island (Aotea) was the first place in New Zealand to have a regular airmail service, by pigeon post. In 1897 the first pigeongram winged its way from the island to Auckland. Soon two pigeon-mail companies were operating. But the installation of an underwater telegraph cable to the island in 1908 ended the service. These 1997 postal stamps mark the centenary of the first flight. They are triangular, like the stamps made by the Great Barrier Pigeongram Agency in 1899.

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Reference: 1997 Centenary of the Pigeon-gram stamp issue

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Margaret McClure, 'Auckland places - Barrier islands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/postage-stamp/16070/pigeon-post (accessed 8 December 2019)

Story by Margaret McClure, updated 5 Aug 2016