Kōrero: Rural services

Talking on the party line

A 1953 film illustrates how farmers maintained their own telephone system before the Post and Telegraph Department extended its service to outlying areas. After the Second World War many country districts were served by party lines, with up to 10 customers each. Users could listen in on other people’s conversations.

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Reference: Telephone Talk. National Film Unit, 1953

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Rural services - Communications', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/video/18564/talking-on-the-party-line (accessed 30 November 2021)

He kōrero nā Nancy Swarbrick, i tāngia i te 24 Nov 2008