PHILATELIC FEDERATION VISIT TO FERRYMEAD PHILATELIC

Can you help?    Ferrymead Postmaster looking for volunteers…

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Almost as it was in olden times - the Post Office exterior.

 

During the NZ Philatelic Federation visit to Ferrymead on 10 November 2001, members were given a fascinating tour of the Ferrymead Post Office. It has a wonderful collection of exhibits all in working order. They range from early Morse equipment, an overhead wire pulley system as used years ago by department stores and a fully equipped postal counter complete with its own date stamps and stamps for sale. The Post Office is open at weekends and days as and when the volunteer staff members are available.

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Ferrymeads own website can be found by clicking here

Postmaster John Mathison is looking for more volunteers to look after the counter, as he would like to extend the opening hours on weekdays. John is keen for people - even if they can only provide three hours once a month - to phone him at 322 7594. No experience is required and free entry to the park is included!

Steven McLachlan took these photos The image to the left shows from left: Jeff Long, Don Richardson (Auckland), Bruce Alexandre, Patricia Quartermain and Leslie Alexandre learning about the various types of telegraph with demonstrations being given by the Ferrymead Post Office staff member (in the checked shirt). Below at the postal counter: Keith Griffiths (Auckland) and Paul Clark both with their backs to us.

Steven had trouble with keeping people together as they became very fascinated with particular items. He says, ‘In the Ferrymead Post Office we discovered a lot of items that collectors had known about but never previously seen. Jeff Long spied a particular Bealey postmark (on a telegram form) that he had been trying to obtain for many years. Keith Griffiths found a lot of postal labels, postal forms etc that he had never seen and would give a fortune for and even Bruce Alexandre found something there he had heard about thirty years ago but never had proof about it before! We had tram and train trips so that everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves.’

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