Telegraph Centenary

The first telegraph circuit in New Zealand was brought into operation on 1 July 1862, between Lyttelton and Christchurch. This two stamp issue commemorated the centenary of the telegraph service in New Zealand.

Issue information

A G Mitchell designed the 3d denomination and his father L C Mitchell designed the 8d.

Telegraph Centenary - 3d
This stamp depicts a hand operating an early morse key, against a background of the Port Hills, Lyttelton. A line of poles carries a telegraph wire from the left foreground of the stamp over the hills in the centre.

Telegraph Centenary - 8d
This stamp depicts a 1960s teleprinter and white teleprinter tape.

Technical information

Date of Issue: 1 June 1962
Designers: A G Mitchell, Wellington and L C Mitchell, Wellington
Printers: Harrison and Sons, England
Stamp Size: 41mm x 25mm
Sheet Size: 120 stamps per sheet
Process: Photogravure
Perforation Gauge: 14.75 x 14
Paper Type: Guard Bridge, chalk surfaced, multiple NZ and star watermark