Dead Letters: Censorship and subversion in New Zealand 1914–1920

News 08/03/2019

Well it seems extraordinary but during the First World War and the years just after it, the New Zealand government was paranoid about letters from people, who they regarded, as security risks. 

People like German immigrants living here or conscientious objectors, their letters were intercepted and steamed open and in many cases they were not passed on.

The people  who sent the letters and their stories is the subject of a new book by Jared Davidson. The new book is called Dead Letters: Censorship and subversion in New Zealand 1914–1920.