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Robert Jack

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Robert Jack


4 Nov 1877 – 1 May 1957


Robert Jack
'Hello My Dearie' became one of the first songs ever to hit the New Zealand airwaves when physics professor Robert Jack broadcast New Zealand’s first radio programme on 17 November 1921.


The 1920s

The 1920s was the decade that modern New Zealand came of age. Despite political and economic uncertainty, the country shrugged off the gloom of war to embrace the Jazz Age - an era of speed, power and glamour. Explore an overview of the decade and a year-by-year breakdown of key events. Read the full article

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Portrait of Professor Robert Jack, physicist, university professor and pioneer of radio broadcasting