PJ (Joe) Collett

P Joe Collett, Manager of Awarua Radio 9 Oct 1981 – 3 May 1985

P Joe Collett at Awarua Radio

Patrick Joseph Collett
Born: 8 Sep 1928
Died: 22 Jun 2005, age 76

Worked at:

  • Ross Post Office: From 1945
  • Wellington Telegraph Training School: From 1948
  • Wellington Telegraph Office: Cadet, 1948
  • Awarua Radio: Cadet, 1949
  • Awarua Radio: Telegraphist, 1950
  • Apia Radio: 1952
  • Awarua Radio: Telegraphist, 1952
  • Korea: NZ Corps of Signals, 1954-1956
  • Wellington Radio: Telegraphist, 1956
  • Awarua Radio: Senior Telegraphist, 1956
  • Awarua Radio: Supervisor, 1966
  • Awarua Radio: Senior Supervisor, from Nov 1976
  • Awarua Radio: Manager, 9 Oct 1981 – 3 May 1985 (retired)


Joe Collett

Joe Collett, pictured in the Southland Times, 17 December 1983

Final night at ZLB. L-R: Bert McKechnie, Joe Collett, Ellie Ellenden

Final night at ZLB, 1991. L-R: Bert McKechnie, Joe Collett, Ellie Ellenden. Courtesy family of E Ellenden

Comments by Joe Collett on the 1968 emergency call from TSS Gothic

20 February 2005: George King, John Duncan, Jack Ryan and Joe Collett at a quarterly lunch for radio colleagues at the Fisherman's Table in Paekakariki

20 February 2005: George King, John Duncan, Jack Ryan and Joe Collett at a quarterly lunch for radio colleagues at the Fisherman’s Table in Paekakariki. Photo: Clyde Williams. Click to enlarge.

20 February 2005: Ete Deverall, Jack Ryan, Joe Collett, Bill Deverall, Zita Ryan and Maureen Collett at a quarterly lunch for radio colleagues at the Fisherman's Table in Paekakariki

20 February 2005: Ete Deverall, Jack Ryan, Joe Collett, Bill Deverall, Zita Ryan and Maureen Collett at a quarterly lunch for radio colleagues at the Fisherman’s Table in Paekakariki. Photo: Clyde Williams. Click to enlarge.