1913: Chatham Islands wireless station opens

GENERAL POST OFFICE, WELLINGTON
30th October, 1913

SUBJECT: Chatham Islands wireless station: report on opening

MEMORANDUM for

The Hon. the Postmaster-General.

The report of the Assistant Telegraph Engineer sent to Chatham Islands to open the wireless station there has been received. Hereunder for the Minister’s information is a summary of the principal points in the report:-

The site is very suitable having an almost clear range in every direction.

The tests of the working capacity of the station were very satisfactory. The effective range of working by night and by day is quite equal to that anticipated.

The work of erecting the station buildings, etc., has been very satisfactorily performed by the Overseer, Post and Telegraph Workshops. The work of erecting the masts and stays has been done in a very efficient manner under the direction of Mr Spry. It was performed under very adverse weather conditions and reflects great credit on all concerned. The electrical apparatus, engine, etc., were also installed by Mr Spry in a highly creditable manner.

Severe wind pressure may be expected at times, but the masts, etc., have been constructed with a good margin of safety.

The machinery and apparatus are equal to requirements and are working satisfactorily.

I attach photographs showing a general view of the station, one of the masts and the apparatus.

Original:

Report announcing opening of Chatham Islands wireless station

The document above and all photos below are courtesy Chris Underwood.

Chatham Islands wireless station in 1913

Chatham Islands wireless station in 1913

Mast at Chathams Islands wireless station in 1913

Mast at Chathams Islands wireless station in 1913

Apparatus at Chatham Islands wireless station in 1913

Apparatus at Chatham Islands wireless station in 1913

Batteries at Chatham Islands wireless station in 1913

Batteries at Chatham Islands wireless station in 1913

Engine generator set at Chatham Islands wireless station in 1913

Engine generator set at Chatham Islands wireless station in 1913