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Evidence of a shocking crime!

Wairarapa Archive staffer Neil Frances has recently been processing a huge collection of Wairarapa Post and Telegraph files. In one file, about the installation of a public phone-box at Kuripuni, Masterton, there was a small envelope attached to the correspondence. It contained a damaged metal eye which held the telephone microphone, vandalised in March 1936.

In the attached letter, the Masterton postmaster asked the local Police sergeant to keep the phone-box under ‘suitable observation’ to catch the criminals.

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