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MAKEOKEO Post Office

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What is it?

Title:

MAKEOKEO Post Office

Creator:

MAKEOKEO Post Office

Level of description:

Collection

Extent:

1cm.

Reference number:

Archives

Former NRAM reference number:

B907

Description:

Settlers of Titahi (later Te Tahi), a tiny settlement situated between Pirongia and Kawhia, combined to set up a telephone line and post office. Originally called Oranga, the post office was renamed Makeokeo and was finally established in 1915. Six settlers acted as guarantors each agreeing to pay a bond of £4 per year for five years.

Mrs B.M. Miller was the first Postmistress in 1915 and had to supply suitable accommodation with a soundproof box for the telephone messages. Later in the same year, the office was moved to the home of Henry Yeates who was Postmaster till the office closed in 1923. It was reopened in 1932 and was run by Henry Yeates's son, Stan, until its permanent closure in 1941.

Records include the contract document signed by the six guarantors, and some correspondence between the Post Office authorities and the Makeokeo Post Office.

Records

Dates covered:

1915 - 1923

Access conditions:

Not restricted

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Places:

Waikato

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Keywords:

Communication

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