Creed telegraph key

Creed telegraph key at Awarua Communications Museum
Creed telegraph key at Awarua Communications Museum. Photo: Alex Glennie

This very interesting double-current telegraph key, made by Creed in London, was used by Keith Ramsay, an operator at Awarua Radio ZLB during the 1960s and 1970s. It was given to Keith by another Awarua Radio operator, WB (Bill) Burt, who reportedly rescued it from the rubbish and cleaned it up. Earlier in its life, the key was used at the Invercargill telegraph office in the 1950s.

Keith Ramsay on 500kHz at Awarua Radio using his Creed telegraph key in the early 1970s
Keith Ramsay on 500kHz at Awarua using his Creed key in the early 1970s. Photo: Southland Times
Creed telegraph key at Awarua Communications Museum
Creed telegraph key at Awarua Communications Museum. Photo: Alex Glennie
Creed telegraph key at Awarua Communications Museum
Underside of the Creed telegraph key at Awarua Communications Museum. Photo: Alex Glennie
Lester Price with Creed telegraph key at Awarua Radio
Southland Times, 12 Nov 1988

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