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Here for auction is a nice unused freight destination-station label of New Zealand Railways, for HAWERA.

Clean & unused. The paper is slightly age toned. Size: 58 x 80 mm.

This dates back some years, when all stations had fulltime staff, & accepted crates & parcels to be railed to any other station within NZ. Any carton accepted for freight would have one of these labels glued to it, showing the name of the station it was consigned to. On arrival at that station, the clerk would send a postcard to the addressee, advising them that the box is ready to be collected at the NZR station. So these L-11 labels are NZ's earliest parcel-freight service. (The Post Office only dealt in letters, hence the reason all early stamps are only low values.)

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Hawera is the second-largest town in the Taranaki region of the North Island, with a population of 11,950. It is near the coast of the South Taranaki Bight. The Marton–New Plymouth Line railway passes through Hawera and has served the town since 1 August 1881, though it has been freight-only since the cancellation of the last railcar passenger service between Wellington and New Plymouth on 30 July 1977.

In 1879 the people of Hawera declared themselves the "Republic of Hawera," due to a campaign by Maori leader Te Whiti against European settlement. They formed their own volunteer units to oppose Te Whiti. In 1881 government troops invaded Parihaka and arrested Te Whiti, bringing the "republic" to an end. The republic did not issue distinctive stamps, and souvenirs of its extant days are keenly sought-after by modern residents of the town.

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