Welcome to New Zealand's 78rpm record site

Here you'll find articles on local and foreign 78rpm records, plus my work to date on creating a dating guide for Australian and New Zealand issued 78s.  
You'll also find lots of stuff relating to my collecting interest in the copyright royalty stamps found on these old records, and other interesting NZ stamps.


Mechanical Copyright Stamps

Royalty tax stamps on old records and pianola rolls



Australian and New Zealand 78rpm recordings

A comprehensive list of Australasian record labels, or series particular to Australasia, with issue dates where known.
Many images.



78rpm records produced in New Zealand  

An alphabetical listing of labels and series pressed in (or especially for) New Zealand, with images.  
Includes lacquers. Lots of sleeves too.

                           ** Completely rewritten May 2017 **




New Zealand's First Record Labels

Just prior to WW1, two labels were contract-pressed by Edison-Bell (UK) for a Christchurch importer.  
A listing of currently known titles is included.




Record Shop Advertising Stickers & Stamps   

The small advertising labels affixed by the music shops onto the records, rolls and sheet music make a colourful side-collection. Items illustrated from New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain and the rest of the World.

Section for handstamps added June 2023.





NZ's Record Shop Advertising Sleeves & Bags

Record stores often created their own sleeves for 78rpm (and later LPs). 





Store labels - House labels of department stores and other outlets  

Starting from a series of messages in 78-l in mid 2001, the list has been extended.




Late-pressed 78rpm records - after 1960   (PDF, 5MB)

Records have continued to be sporadically pressed at 78rpm, after the demise of commercial pressings circa 1960. 

(Major update April 2022)





Japanese 78rpm records in New Zealand

Based on a small collection purchased early in 2013, here in Wellington. 





New Zealand Courier & Freight labels

New Zealand has had independent parcel carriers issuing stamps since 1892.


Auckland double overprint

New Zealand Railways Charges & Newspaper stamps

Railway Charges Stamps 1925-1959 (30Mb)
Updated with Version 18, 8 September 2023

Awarded Large Vermeil at the NZ Philatelic Literature Exhibition, November 2023

Railway Newspaper, Parcel & Freight Stamps 1890-1928 (10Mb)

Updated with Version 10, 8 September 2023

Awarded Vermeil at the NZ Philatelic Literature Exhibition, November 2023

The 1890 p12 3d Railway Newspaper stamp (700Kb)



 The value of 78rpm records in New Zealand - some advice for beginners

HMV's Souvenir Medal for the 1925 Dunedin International Exhibition



The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand

(c) Adam Miller, Wellington, New Zealand. 2011+