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Mobile Recording Unit, 1947 or 1948

In 1946 the New Zealand Broadcasting Service set up the Mobile Recording Unit, an ex-air-force truck equipped with two disc recorders. Over the next few years staff travelled throughout Taranaki, Waikato, the Thames valley and Otago recording people's memories, music and events that happened when the truck was in town. The recordings have proved invaluable for broadcasters, historians and linguists, and are stored at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Archive in Christchurch. Here, Brian Cosnett (technician), Leo Fowler (producer), Geoff Haggett (commentator) and Dick Miller (technician) pose with the faithful unit in 1947 or 1948.

Listen to Geoff Haggett talking about the Mobile Recording Unit in 1973.

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Stuart Strachan, 'Archives - Other archives and digital records', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/41764/mobile-recording-unit-1947-or-1948 (accessed 27 November 2021)

Story by Stuart Strachan, published 22 Oct 2014