Awanui Radio 1911-1913: Construction

The first step towards the establishment of the Far North wireless telegraphy station: carting metal for the formation of the road to the site at Kaitaia

“The first step towards the establishment of the Far North wireless telegraphy station: carting metal for the formation of the road to the site at Kaitaia.” A Northwood, Auckland Weekly News, 7 Dec 1911. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19111207-5-1

The second important step towards the establishment of the wireless telegraph station at Kaitaia, North Auckland: burning off the scrub on the site of the station

“The second important step towards the establishment of the wireless telegraph station at Kaitaia, North Auckland: burning off the scrub on the site of the station.” A Northwood, Auckland Weekly News, 7 Mar 1912. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19120307-2-4

Puckey's bullock team hauling gear to the new wireless station.

Puckey’s bullock team hauling gear to the new wireless station. Courtesy: Te Ahu Museum

The most northerly of the Dominion's high-power wireless telegraphy stations: putting in the foundations for the Awanui station, Kaitaia, North Auckland

“The most northerly of the Dominion’s high-power wireless telegraphy stations: putting in the foundations for the Awanui station, Kaitaia, North Auckland.” A Northwood, Auckland Weekly News, 4 Apr 1912. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19120404-6-2

Wireless station in North Auckland: group of the men engaged in building the high power wireless plant at Awanui

“Wireless station in North Auckland: group of the men engaged in building the high power wireless plant at Awanui.” Northwood Photo, Auckland Weekly News, 4 Jul 1912. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19120704-14-2 [Click photo to enlarge]

Names of some of the people in the photo above, including Bill Walker, Assistant Engineer.

Names of some of the people in the photo above, including Bill Walker, Assistant Engineer (back row, 2nd from right). Courtesy Te Ahu Museum.

Operating room, engine house and officers quarters under construction at Awanui wireless station, 1912

Operating room, engine house and officers quarters under construction at Awanui wireless station, 1912. Photo: A Northwood, Awanui Scrapbook, Te Ahu Museum

One way of negotiating the thoroughfares of the ‘roadless north’: a snapshot at the site of the Awanui wireless station

“One way of negotiating the thoroughfares of the ‘roadless north’: a snapshot at the site of the Awanui wireless station.” A Northwood, Auckland Weekly News, 5 Sep 1912. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19120905-14-2

The North Auckland high-power wireless station: the buildings at Kaitaia

Buildings at the Awanui wireless station. The engine house is at the right, at the foot of the tower is the operating room, and the storage room is on the left. Photo: A Northwood, Auckland Weekly News, 3 Oct 1912. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19121003-14-8

An excellent overall view of Awanui wireless station c1912. Anchor blocks for the tower can be see at the far left and far right (the eastern block, under construction). Other buildings (L-R) are storeroom, operating house and engine house

An excellent overall view of Awanui wireless station c1912. Anchor blocks for the tower can be see at the far left and far right (the eastern block, under construction). Other buildings (L-R) are storeroom, operating house and engine house. Photo: A Northwood, Awanui Scrapbook, Te Ahu Museum

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