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The first shop in the colony to have a cash railway was the Drapery Importing Company (D.I.C.) in Dunedin in May 1889. It was referred to as "The Patent Rapid Service Cash Railway System" and sounds like the Rapid Wire system. It was followed by D.I.C. in Dunedin and Smith and Caughey in Auckland (March 1890). A Perfection cable system (unknown in the UK) was installed in George and Kersley's drapery shop in 1903. There were cash ball systems but surprisingly they seem to have come after the wire system, e.g. White's of Wanganui had one installed in 1902.
ASHBURTON. Mitchell & Turner (drapers). "Having let a contract for the installation of an up-to-date cash carrier, we now have to make such arrangements as will give room for the workmen. Rather than prepare fresh fixtures for the stock affected, we have decided to make a complete clearance of our huge stock of plain and striped flannelettes." Ashburton Guardian, 31 Mar. 1905, p.2
ASHBURTON. N.Z.Farmers' Co-op. "Up-to-date cash railway service throughout our retail departments This system (which will shortly be put into operation) will facilitate our cash business, and will no doubt be grately appreciated by our many clients." Ashburton Guardian, 11 Jun. 1913, p.1
AUCKLAND. John Courts (dept. store), 202 Queen Street. Store opened in 1910. Three stories added in 1916. "Mum first headed for John Court's department store, where she bought most of her clothes, and I sat on a high chair and watched fascinated, as the clerk put the money in one of those little box things, pulled a cord, and sent it on its way to the office like some sort of flying fox... Most of the big stores had them." "Kiwibarb" in posting to NotOverThe Hill blog, 3 Apr. 2010
AUCKLAND. D.I.C. (Drapery Importing Company). Pneumatic tube system. Evening Post [Wellington], 7 Oct. 1909, p.2
AUCKLAND. D.S.C. (Direct Supply Company). Bought by John Court in 1910. "Visitors are invited to inspect our new premises... The new Bostedo pneumatic cash carrier is well worth seeing, being the only one of the system in the colony." Auckland Star, 18 Nov. 1899, p.1
AUCKLAND. Smith & Caugheys, 253-261 Queen Street. "With their wonted courage Messrs Smith and Caughey, city drapers, have introduced into their establishment what is known as the 'American Cash Railway'... The D.I.C. Drapery Company of Christchurch and Dunedin are the only other places in the colony where it is in use... Instead of cash girls being employed, a species of light aerial tramway is adopted, and small wooden cash boxes are propelled along it to and from the counters and the cashier's desk. The motive power is given by means of indiarubber springs. Slender steel wires radiate from the cashier's desk to the sales stations, all coming in overhead. The cars pass along these wires until they reach their destination at either end, where they automatically interlock with a fixed spring motor and come silently to rest... The speed of the car, as well as the distance to be traversed by it, are regulated by simply adjusting a button upon the cord, and a speed of 100 ft in from 3 to 4 sec is easily attainable. Nearly 4,000 of these cash railways are now in use - chiefly in America - and no less than 28 of the principal shops in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and Brisbane have adopted this method of sending cash from salesmen to cashiers... The cost to Smith and Caughey of this wonderful invention to erect it all over their two shops has been £200, a startling sum for a new departure like this... The carriages travel if needed a distance of 300 feet all over the establishment. As the mechanism was at work yesterday, customers were at first astonished at the running musical vibrations of the 'railway', but when they saw the process, and their change and receipt coming in a few moments rapidly back to them, they wondered, as they had never seen on this fashion before." Auckland Star, 30 Apr. 1890, p.2
CAMBRIDGE. Calverts (drapers
and mercers), Victoria Street. Rapid Wire System. "By now 
the Lamson Cash Railway had become a tourist attraction." In 1985
the building was sold to the Post Office. The cash railway was acquired
for Cambridge Museum in 1988. Two stations went to The Grapevine in Alpha
Street. In 2003 two stations were installed in the Museum by Lamson Engineering
NZ, Auckland. Cambridge
CANTERBURY. Ballantynes. "The time when your docket and cash or the record of your account entry rattled along the Lampson [sic] tubes to the office and returned with the change". (Nzine website). The shop burned down.
CHRISTCHURCH (?). Ballantynes. "An overhead mini cable which was spring operated up until they rebuilt their premises in 1974".Posting to soc.culture.new-zealand newsgroup, 22 Nov. 1997
CHRISTCHURCH. Black, Beattie & Co. The Right hand two thirds of Criterion House were originally the premises of the Drapers Black, Beattie and Company. This was the first building in New Zealand to be fitted with a pneumatic document carrying system, which connected the shop counters with a central cashier to whom the customer's payments would be dispatched. The Cashier would then return the change and receipts to the shop assistants in cartridges that were driven along overhead pipes by compressed air. Flickr website with photo of exterior.
CHRISTCHURCH. Bonningtons (chemist), High Street. "Bonnington Houses had a Lamson pneumatic cashier machine installed – the first in the Southern hemisphere. The shop counters were connected by tubes to a central cashier to whom the customers’ payments would be despatched. The cashier would then return the change and receipts to the shop assistants in cartridges that were driven along overhead pipes by compressed air." Lost Christchurch website
CHRISTCHURCH. D.I.C. (Drapery Importing Company -
now Arthur Barnetts). "Until now, the old system of cash runners has been followed in the Company's warehouse, but the adoption of 'The Patent Rapid Service Cash Railway System' avoids the confusion of a dozen boys and girls continually rushing to and from the desk... 'The Rapid Service Cash railway System' is an American patent, the result of many years' study and experiment on the part of its inventor, Mr Robert A.MCarty, who .. developed and brought it into practical effect while associated with Mr Edison ... The lines which run from the cash desk in various directions are single steel wires, well strained. The travelling carriage has two grooved wheels, which rest upon the wire. From these wheels is suspended the body of the vehicle. The motive force used for the propulsion of the carriage is simply a short length of rubber, with a loop of cord at one end, a convenient pull-handle at the other, and a 'stop' for precisely regulating the 'pull' which can be given to the rubber... There is at one end of the carriage a sort of trigger, over which the before-mentioned loop of cord passes. On pulling the handle, tension is put on the rubber, and by the action of the trigger this action ceases instantaneously. The carriage recoils, and the momentum is sufficient to cause it to travel two hundred feet or more." Ashburton Guardian, 12 July 1889, p.2
CHRISTCHURCH. Lonargan and Co., Waterloo House, Cashel Street. "We cordially invite everyone to step into our warehouse and inspect our cash railway, the only one of its kind in New Zealand. The grandest of all time saving inventions." Star, 9 Dec. 1892, p. 2
DANNEVIRKE. Co-op. "It is now about thirteen months since the Dannevirke Co-operative Association's premises were partially destroyed by fire... The directors decided to.. erect new and more convenient premises... The building.. has a frontage of 57 feet to High Street and 77 feet to Station Street... The Association has had installed direct flight cash carriers. By this system every counter is connected with the cashier's office... The system here installed is admitted to be the best known." Bush Advocate, 8 Dec. 1902, p.2
DUNEDIN. Arthur Barnett. Sold in 2015. "In busy periods, she received money and dockets via the pneumatic Lamson metal tubes which ran through the store and sent back the correct change in return capsules." Otago Daily Times, 14 Sep. 2015
DUNEDIN. D.I.C. (Drapery Importing Company), High Street. "Another American invention, the cash railway, has been introduced to the colony, and the D.I.C. Company has been the first to adopt it, having had a 10-station cash railway fitted up in their warehouse... A species of light aerial tramway is adopted, and small wooden cash boxes are propelled along it to and from the cashier's desk. The motive power is given by means of india-rubber springs. Slender steel wires radiate from the cashier's desk to the sales stations... An easy downward pull of a few inches upon a cord pendant from the machine puts the spring in operation and automatically releases the car... The apparatus in D.I.C's premises has been fitted up by Mr E.G.Emery. " Otago Witness, 16 May 1889, p. 15
DUNEDIN, D.S.A. (Drapery Supply Association), 105-115 George Street. "It possesses the latest Electric Cash Railway system, the only one of the kind in the South Island." Otago Daily Times, 7 Oct. 1913, p. 9
DUNEDIN. Mutual Stores, Queen's Buildings, Princes Street. "We have always aimed to make our stores attractive... We have to that end adopted the Cash Railway System." Otago Witness, 18 Oct. 1905, p.33
DUNEDIN. Penrose (drapers), George Street and St Andrew Street. "The Lamson cash railways have also been introduced throughout the building." Otago Witness, 26 May 1909, p.43
FIELDING. John Cobbe & Co. "Like many people who lived in Feilding 40 or 50 years ago, Mr Scott fondly remembers the aerial cash register. The customer's cash was placed in a brass cylinder and attached to an overhead wire along which it whizzed to the central office. Change was sent back to the counter where the salesperson gave it back to the customer." Manawatu Standard website
FIELDING. Darraghs, The Arcade. "Owing to the increase in cash business at the Arcade, Mr J.Darragh has now fitted up his premises with the cash railway system which greatly facilitates the quick service of customers." Fielding Star, 5 Dec. 1899, p.2
GISBORNE. Adair Bros, Lowe Street. "Progressive and up-to-date, Messrs Adair Bros. have always endeavored to keep pace with the times... The shop has a depth of 120 feet. The width is 40 ft... Entering from Gladstone road , on the right-hand side is the fancy counter... Next comes the dress department... At the third counter is the Manchester department... Then we enter the showroom... On the opposite side of the store is the clothing department. A cash railway runs throughout the store, adding to the briskness of the scene." Poverty Bay Herald, 2 Jul. 1903, p.2
GISBORNE. Common, Shelton & Co. "The overhead cash railway has been introduced into the warehouse of Messrs Common, Shelton, and Company, and is working with admirable results. The system, which is new to Gisborne, has been inspected by a large number of persons." Poverty Bay Herald, 10 Sep. 1900, p.2
GISBORNE. Melbourne Cash (drapery). "This firm commenced business in Gisborne a few years ago... The large and commodious premises of Messrs W.J.Cox and Co. have been taken over by the Melbourne Cash proprietary... A useful provision is a cash railway system, which has been installed in every department... All the departments are on one floor." Poverty Bay Herald, 27 Oct. 1913, p.6
GISBORNE. William Pettie. "Messrs Wm. Pettie and Co. have just installed the latest American device for carrying cash. The installation is known as the electric cable cash carrier, of which there are less that half a dozen in the Dominion... In these days something better is required than the old familiar system of rolling balls... The apparatus in question has taken a little over four weeks to install, and every counter in the premises is served. There are three lines from the cashiers' officers, each with several 'stations' for the respective counters. The system comprises over a thousand feet of cable. It is worked by an electric motor, and the 'cars' travel at the tremendous speed of 1000 feet per minute... The carrier has been installed by Mr E.A.Linton, engineer for the Lamson Despatch Co." Poverty Bay Herald, 16 Dec. 1913, p.4
GREYMOUTH. W.McKay and Sons, Mawhera Quay. "The best appointed draper's shop on the West Coast... A noteworthy feature in connection with the alterations is the installation of the Lamason [sic] ball cash railway which is understood to be the only one in operation on the West Coast... The cashier is accommodated in an elevated office to which the balls containing the coin and the account are conveyed by means of the railway." Grey River Argus, 6 Sep. 1906, p.3
GREYMOUTH. Thomas and McBeath, Mawhera Quay. "Messrs Thomas and McBeath, the oldest established firm of drapers on the West Coast, have just had installed in their extensive drapery emporium, Mawhera Quay, 'The Lamson Cash Railway System,' and yesterday our representative had the contrivance fully explained and also had the pleasure of seeing it work. . The system is both labour saving and time saving. It has been connected from the oflice to the millinery, clothing, fancy, and haberdashery, and Manchester and Dress departments, and will enable customers to get more quickly attended to and also enable the staff, to get through more sales and thus give satisfaction both to the public and the firm alike. The speed is secured by the appliance at each end which works like a catapult but with such force that immediately the assistant pulls the handle at his end it flies to the desk where a hook holds it steady while the casket is removed and replaced by a spring attachment. The hook acts : automatically at each end thereby saving 'both assistants and the cash clerk any trouble in lifting the casket. Another immense advantage of the appliance as that it is lightly constructed and the supports for the wire hang from the roof and cannot get in the way of anyone, moreover, being made of brass with omamental standards it is an attraction rather than otherwise. Mr Hicks, the representative of the Company in Wellington who are agents for the invention, has made an excellent job of the railway." Grey River Argus, 5 Dec. 1908, p.3
HAMILTON. Hamilton Hardware. "Discusses unusual overhead cash system." Hamilton Public Library Youth Oral History Colection
HASTINGS. Roachs. "When I came 'back to the Bay' in 1980 I managed to secure a job at Roach's, a very large family owned department store in Hastings and they still had that change carriage system in 1980!" RosieB in posting to NotOverThe Hill blog, 5 Apr. 2010
HAWERA. C.C.Ward & Co. (drapers and merchants). Wire system on ground floor. Danea Cowell
INVERCARGILL. John Edmonds [?] (hardware), Tay Streey. Pneumatic tube system in 1968. (Ivan Russell)
INVERCARGILL. H & J Smiths Ltd, Tay Street. Pneumatic tube system in 1950s-60s. (David Macdonald)
NAPIER. Hallensteins (menswear). See NAPIER below
NAPIER. Marsdens (bookshop). "I remember them [cash carriers] vividly from when we went to town in Napier - Marsdens Bookshop had one that travelled the length of the shopand so did Hallensteins menswear store. The canister would whizzzz overhead so fast that as a child I always ducked!" RosieB in posting to NotOverThe Hill blog, 5 Apr. 2010
NEW PLYMOUTH. C.C. Ward & Co. (drapers and merchants), Devon Street. Wire system on ground floor and pneumatic tube system between second and third floors and the cash office on the ground floor. Danea Cowell.
OTAGO. Brown Ewing & Co. "Lamson's system of cash railways prevails on both floors where retail business is transacted." Otago Witness, 19 Dec. 1906, p.13
OTAGO. Penrose, corner of George Street and St Andrew's Street. "The Lamson cash railways have also been introduced throughout the building." Otago Witness, 26 May 1909, p.43.
PALMERSTON NORTH. Collinson and Cunninghame (drapers). "By 1920 the store had its own electricity generator and a pneumatic cash system." Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Still there in 1960s. NZ Historic Places Trust Magazine, Winter 2004
PALMERSTON NORTH. Moris, Paget and Davidson (M.D.P.) provison merchants. "The premises in Main-street are being arranged departmentally, grocery and general storekeeping on one side and agriculture and horticulture on the other... Cash railways will shortly be errected, giving an up-to-date appearance." Evening Post [Wellington] 4 Nov. 1909, p.11
PALMERSTON NORTH. Messrs C. Smith. Lamson system with eleven stations for sale. Evening Post, 6 Apr. 1929
TIMARU. C.F.C.A. (Canterbury Farmers) department store. Wire system until it closed in 1984. Posting to soc.culture.new-zealand newsgroup, 22/11/1997. Pneumatic tube system. Evening Post [Wellington], 7 Oct. 1909, p.2
WANGANUI. George and Kersley (The Economic). "It is a most interesting sight to go into the premises of Messrs. George and Kersley and watch the overhead cash railway at work. The whole house is fitted up with what is known as the 'ball system' and for the arcade (that is where the linoleums and curtains are shown) a specially fast system, viz., the Lamson Premier is set up. Messrs. George and Kersley made arrangements some months ago for the Australian agents to send experts from Sydney to fit up their Wellington and Wanganui houses with these railways.. The expert fitting up the railways says that he has never fixed up a longer one without a break either in Australia or New Zealand. The one we refer to comes from the show room to the office, a distance of 123 feet." Wanganui Chronicle, 5 Nov. 1902, p.2.
WANGANUI. Littlejohns (drapery emporium). "The noise of the cash railway overhead tells you that here brisk business is being done." Wanganui Herald, 28 June 1905, p.8
WANGANUI. R.H.White (drapers). "Messrs R.H.White & Co. have just introduced into Wanganui 'The Lamson Ball Cash Railway System', admittedly the commonsense cash carrier for all busy shops. The system .. consists of light hard-wood tracks graded to and from the cash desk in such a manner that hollow balls carry cash and change by rolling down hill from assistant to cashier and vice versa. The cash railway runs from room to room, around corners with the greatest ease, also from floor to floor, and carries the cash and returns change in half the time that it cn be done by hand. Those interested in such an economiser of labour should certainly pay a visit to Messrs R.H.White and Co.'s drapery establishment (opposite the new Post Office) where it can be seen in constant and rapid working order." Wanganui Herald, 16 Oct. 1902, p.3
WELLINGTON. Bruce Woollen Co., 63 Cuba Street. "For sale. Lamson cash railway system, 4 station. Apply Manager, Bruce Woollen Co." Evening Post [Wellington], 27 Apr.
WELLINGTON. D.I.C. (Drapery and General Importing Company), Brandon & Panama Streets. "The business premises of .. the D.I.C. situated in Brandon and Panama streets, will be opened tomorrow, just having been completed... Eighty feet from the front is a very striking feature in the building, and this is the cash desk and cash railway, with wires running to all parts of the building, and to every department. The railway is a very interesting piece of mechanism... It has been very much appreciated in the Christchurch and Dunedin warehouses of the company." Evening Post [Wellington], 23 Sep. 1891, p.2
WELLINGTON. Farmers. Cash carrier. Gavin Sowry in posting to the Gnatterbox, 13/1/07
WELLINGTON. E.Feist, Lower Hutt. "Lamson cash railway. Wanted to sell, cheap for cash, Ball System Cash Railway, 4 stations, suitable for draper. Apply to E. Feist and Co., Lower Hutt." Evening Post [Wellington] 9 Aug. 1907, p.1
WELLINGTON. George and Kersley, Lambton Quay. "A thoroughly up-to-date system of cash transmission has been installed by Messrs. George and Kersley in their drapery establishment, known as 'The Economic', on Lambton-quay. The system is known as the Perfection Cable System, and is said to be the first comlete installation of the kind in Australasia. As its name implies, the system consists of an endless cable, on the same principle as the cable trams. The assistant at the counter puts the bill and cash in a small box or truck, and grips it on to the cable, which carries it at the rate of twelve miles an hour to the cashier's desk. After receipting the bill the cashier encloses it, with the change, in the truck, hitches it on to the cable, and away it shoots to the counter on a return cable, the whole operation occupying merely a few seconds. The system, which is worked by an electric motor, is most ingenious, and is installed in all parts of the establishment. It works noiselessly and with great expedition, and in busy times should prove of great benefit to customers and assistants alike." Evening Post, 13 Apr. 1903, p.4
WELLINGTON. Hood Bros., 110-112 Lambton Quay. Lamson cash carrier with three stations for sale. Evening Post [Wellington], 14 Mar. 1930
WELLINGTON. Kirkcaldie and Stains, 165-177 Lambton Quay. "Tenders will be received up till Noon of Monday, 11th August, for the whole of the Pneumatic Tube Cash System at present installed in our warehouse. The system comprises about 1600 ft (more or less) solid drawn brass tubing, 2-inch diameter, 1 Root's positive blower, operating valves, etc. Successful tenderer to take out and remove system by Saturday, 16th August... Tenders will also be received for a 4 horse-power Langdon-Davies Electric Motor, previously used in operating the above cash system. Evening Post [Wellington], 5 Aug. 1902, p.1
WELLINGTON. Leiberziets (model trains), High Street, where Books and More are. Cash carrier. (Gavin Sowry in posting to the Gnatterbox, 13/1/07)
WELLINGTON. D.S.Patrick, 195 Cuba Street. "There's the new cash railway installed to save delay in handling moneys." Evening Post [Wellington], 18 Aug. 1911, p.9
WELLINGTON. James Smith, Cuba Street. "On the 1st October, 1898, the firm of James Smith and Sons opened the New House. The firm acquired.. the drapery business conducted by Mr Peattie... The cash railway is extended to all departments." Evening Post [Wellington] 25 Oct. 1905, p.6
WELLINGTON. Te Aro House. Lamson wire system. Extensive report of installation in Manawatu Herald, 5 Apr. 1892, p.2 .
WELLINGTON. Veitch and Allans. "The Lamson Store Service Company has just installed in the drapery establishment of Messrs. Veitch & Allan a cash railway on a system new to Wellington... The lines have been erected by Mr. A.H.Simmonds, an engineer sent over for the purpose by the Lamson Company's Sydney agency." Evening Post (Wellington), 31 Dec. 1894, p.3
WELLINGTON. Wairarapa Farmers Co-operative Association, Lambton Quay. "Opening of permanent quarters in Wellington... A cash railway, now on its way from America, will shortly have its connections centred in this little [cash] office." Evening Post [Wellington], 30 June 1898, p.2
AUCKLAND. Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT). Small display of Lamson cash carrier equipment. Paul Hadley
CAMBRIDGE. Cambridge Museum. See above. Cambridge Museum website
NEW PLYMOUTH. Taranaki Aviation Transport and Technology Museum. Mangorei Road. "Working setup [of a Rapid Wire system] including a curved segment." Graeme Bennett. Donated by C.C. Wards. Photograph on their website
WARKWORTH. Warkworth Museum. Rapid Wire system, fully operational. Never used as a cash carrier but originally fitted in Browns Bay (Auckland) Post Office and used for carrying telegrams and other documents around the premises. Alan Britton. Video on Facebook
indicates systems which are still there (as far as I know) though they may not be working.