Story: Energy supply and use

Power cuts

Power cuts, common after the Second World War, made New Zealanders return to old habits and take on new ones. This photograph shows people queuing to buy kerosene lamps during power restrictions in 1956. The lamps had been the standard source of light in New Zealand homes until the early 20th century. Ian Vernazoni, a radio announcer, remembers the new time service provided by a Christchurch radio station during a 1947 power cut.

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Otago Daily Times
Reference: Evening Star, 29 March 1956

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Megan Cook, 'Energy supply and use - Electricity, late 19th to mid-20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

Story by Megan Cook, published 11 Mar 2010