Name: William Alexander WALLACE
Birth: 19 JAN 1899 in New Zealand
Death: 19 JUN 1994 in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Occupation: Wireless Operator, Awarua Radio, Southland FROM 1935 TO 1954
Occupation: Clerk, Christchurch 1963
William Alexander WALLACE (1899-1994)
William Alexander WALLACE was a Wireless Operator. He worked at Awarua Radio from at least 1935 according to electoral rolls. He was appointed Superintendent Awarua Radio on 4 August 1947, replacing L.G.Emens who was promoted to Superintendent Auckland Radio. He retired on 5 December 1954. After retirement William and his family moved to Christchurch.
Awarua Radio (call sign VLB or ZLB), on the Awarua Plain in Southland, was New Zealand's main receiving and transmitting coast radio station providing worldwide radiotelegraph and voice communications with ships at sea. The facility was operated from 18 December 1913 by the New Zealand Post Office (to 31 March 1986) then by Telecom New Zealand until the station closed on 30 August 1991.
The photograph shows Awarua Radio operators at work when ZLB had to handle extra traffic due to a major snowfall in Canterbury which took out landlines in August 1945. William Wallace, Superintendent, is standing in the centre of the photograph. He has black hair, glasses and is wearing a dark pullover and light long sleeve shirt.
From Wikipedia and AWARUA RADIO VLB - ZLB.
Father: John Henry WALLACE b: 1853 in Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Mother: Ellen PAWSON b: 27 JUL 1858 in Akaroa, Canterbury, New Zealand
Mary Roberta HOLMES b: 24 SEP 1908
in New Zealand
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