FREDA was once state-of-the-art

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By BAR­BARA LYON

In 1953 an au­to­matic tele­phone ex­change be­gan op­er­a­tion to ser­vice the 115 phone sub­scribers in Pukerua Bay pre­vi­ously han­dled from Plim­mer­ton.

This pam­phlet for FREDA re­flects the fur­ther great ad­vances made in 1968, when tele­phone num­bers for Welling­ton’s out­ly­ing sub­urbs were in­te­grated into the main se­quence of the tele­phone direc­tory.

An ex­tended Welling­ton re­gion dialling area was now in op­er­a­tion, with the new Courte­nay Place Ex­change and mod­i­fied subur­ban ex­changes.

It was no longer a toll call to phone East­bourne, Porirua, Stokes Val­ley, Tawa, Ti­tahi Bay, Plim­mer­ton, Pukerua Bay, Up­per Hutt or Wainuiomata.

How­ever, it would not be un­til the 1970s that peo­ple could use Sub­scriber Toll Dialling (STD) to make their own toll calls to any­where in New Zealand with­out an op­er­a­tor.

Re­mem­ber FREDA? The Post Of­fice’s in­for­ma­tion leaflet on the Flat Rate Ex­tended Dialling Area, in­tro­duced in 1968. (ATL ref: Eph-A-TELEPHONE1968-01)

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