Entries by Ric Carlyon

Under Our Feet: Auckland’s Fire Hydrants

We take little notice of fire hydrants… until, that is, they are urgently required when there is a fire. They’re seldom spoken-of yet they are found along the footpaths of every street in Auckland, their history and importance overlooked. This item redresses the balance.  The official definition of a Fire Hydrant is  ‘…a form of […]

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Music-Makers of Yester-Year

The centenary of the first radio transmission in New Zealand (Professor Robert Jack in 1921) and the first broadcast by a licensed radio station (1YA Auckland in 1923) prompted a look at those pioneers who, through the static and interference of the airwaves, were heard “on the wireless”. Orators quickly realised they could project their […]