AN ANCIENT PENINSULA POST OFFICE GOING ABEGGING.
[to the editor] Sii', —Allow ma space to ventilate a grievance. The old Post Office at Kobinson's Bay hae oxisted since 1862, when old "Billy the fiddler" used to pick up the bag on the Bobinson's Bay beach, kept by the Messrs Pavitt.,. The mail at that time was only two days a week, and went by whale boat from Pigeon Bay Jto Lytteltoa. We have no knowledge of the amount paid in tho very earliest days to the post raaster for these services, but wo know thafc a letter to England cost sixpence and vice versa, and the oolonial postage was twopence. No ona ia those day? wou d do the work owing to the the small pittance paid. Thia Poet Office is, however, one oil the oldest on the Peninsula —older than Little River or any of the bay 3. Now in German Bay, or Takamatua. and] Barry'b Bay the postmistress receives £26 a year, while in .Robinson's Bay tha person in charge receives £10 per year. About two years or so ago the residents took up sixteen post boxes at lGs a piece, -so that the Government got a revenue of £8 from the boxes and paid £10 to the Post Office annually, costing them £2. The county chairman, Mr J. D. Bruce wrote to the Hon. 0. A. 0. Hardy a while ago asking him i£ he could not, as representative o£ the district while the Hon. R, H. Rhodes was away, approach the Government and make the annual salary £20. Mr Hardie replied that the Government recognised that the Bay was entitled to more than £10. I think that the Government has acted in a very mean spirited way in the matter. If the Government paid £26 a year a person could bo found to take over the Post Office and telephone all day long, and the residents are certainly entitled to this. Now, some of the residents are going round with the hat to make the salary up to £20, but I think the Gjvernment should pay the £26 and give toe Bay the postal service it deserves. —I am, etc., JOHN DUXBURY, BobinEoa'a Day,
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AN ANCIENT PENINSULA POST OFFICE GOING ABEGGING., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3533, 4 April 1916