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Arthur McClay recordings and papers on early broadcasting in Wellington and wireless telegraphy.

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS-Archives-A-274

Scope and Contents

The core of this collection is an audio casette tape titled Wireless telegraphy episodes in Wellington, 1911-1914, and episodes Radio Broadcast Station 2YK, Wellington, 1922-25. The accompanying papers include a memoir by Thomas Clarkson, former Chief Telegraph Engineer with the New Zealand Post and Telegraph Department, of the early days of radio transmission.


  • 1911 - 1983


Conditions Governing Access

Not restricted

Conditions Governing Use

PARTLY RESTRICTED: No access to original cassette audio tape. Use CD access copy instead.

Biographical / Historical

Arthur J. H. McClay (1897-1984) was associated with the initial development of radio in New Zealand during the 1920s.


0.02 metres (1 folder + 1 cassette and 1 compact disc)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Arthur McClay, 445 Dominion Road, Balmoral, Auckland in 1983 per Professor Keith Sinclair, Department of History.

Existence and Location of Copies

A copy of the recording is also held by Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, Wellington: [Arthur McLay (sic) talks about early broadcasting in Wellington and wireless telegraphy] (record no.25867).

Separated Materials

Original cassette tape transferred to Media Cabinet 3/1. Access CDs housed in Media Cabinet 3/2.



Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, University of Auckland Repository

5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand