Chathams Radio Staff

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List of staff at Chatham Islands Radio ZLC

List of staff at Chatham Islands Radio ZLC, from the 75th Anniversary Scrapbook – 1988

I think corrections are required between the names D Condell and K Holt. There were at least two Shearers working in radio around that time. One was Dave Shearer, Radio Technician (working at ZLW/Makara) and the other was Dave Shearer (Supervisor, Room 53) Neither of them were anywhere near ZLC in 1958. Enter me arriving at the Chathams 15.12.56 and leaving there on or about 12.5.1958 based on Dave Smith’s arrival (he relieved me) – thus:
D Condell: 3. 7. 1956 – 14.11.58
R C Williams: 15. 12. 1956 – ?. 5. 1958
D C Smith: 12. 5. 1958 – 4. 2. 1959

– Clyde Williams


CA Glennie of Awarua Radio ZLBCharles Alan Glennie was a radio operator at the Chatham Islands during the war years, from 17 Mar 1941 – 27 Feb 1946. He then moved to Awarua Radio, where he became manager before retiring in the 1970s.

Tony Graham at ZLC in 1982Tony Graham started at ZLB in 1980 and went from there to ZLC and then ZLD for 11 years until the station closed in 1993. He then joined Taupo Maritime Radio ZLM where he still works (2016). Photo is from 1982 at ZLC.

Unknown personJames Henry Hampton was assistant wireless operator when the Chatham Islands wireless station opened in 1913. He wrote about the Islands in a 1913 letter to the Ellesmere Guardian.

GW Marston, radio operatorGeorge W Marston was a radio operator at the Chathams until November 1921. He also worked at Awanui, Rarotonga, and was manager of Auckland Radio in 1953.

R Clyde Williams, radio operator, 1957R Clyde Williams: “I arrived by flying boat out of Evans Bay, Wellington, on 15 December 1956. The following day Prince Phillip aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia arrived at the Chathams Islands. He only stayed one day and I stayed 513 days.”

4 Responses to Chathams Radio Staff

  1. Robert Arthur Gibson (Titch) says:

    Just come to the website looking at Gothic fire, had an uncle who was electrical officer on her. I did a couple of stints at ZLC first was 6 months from may to November??? 1969 and 6 – 9 months ish?? ending september 1973 I also did a couple of relief spells and a non-work visit some time up to 1982?? also very”ish”

  2. Peter Huitson says:

    When I was at the Post Office Radio Training School at Trentham in 1970, Irwin Smith was the chief tutor. Could have been the same chap.

  3. Clyde Williams says:

    Brain explosion. The operator I relieved at ZLC Dec 1956 Irwin (Smith)? I had never heard of him before I arrived and I cannot recall ever hearing of him again. Where did he end up?

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