A shared experience – 88 years apart


Paper deliveries have changed somewhat since 100-year-old Oamaruvian Caroline Frame started delivering the paper in 1926 when she was 12 years old.

Mrs Frame used to deliver the Oamaru Mail when she returned home from school, as back then it was an evening paper.

Mrs Frame said she was never paid for delivering a paper, unlike today.

“I never received anything for doing the paper run when I was 12, other than half a crown at Christmas time from someone I delivered the paper to, but my dad received a free newspaper every day.”

Mrs Frame said delivering five newspapers down Waiareka Valley Rd was a much harder slog then what today’s generation do.

“I had to walk and deliver mine. It usually took me around an hour, but that depended on how hungry I was when I was delivering them,” she said.

Today it usually takes the boys around 20-30 minutes on their bikes, something Mrs Frame would have loved when delivering the paper.

“I got a bike but I had about finished the paper run so that wasn’t much help.”

Mrs Frame would have to go down to the Totara Station where she would collect her papers at about 4.30pm, including any mail for the residents, which would also deliver.

Today, newspapers are brought to the paperboy and girls’ houses and then they go from there.

Present day deliverers Jac Gibson, Keidah Bungard and Micah Hayes said they would not do the paper run for free, as Mrs Frame did 88 years ago.

Mrs Frame delivered the paper for around a year. Micah has been delivering the paper for just over a year and Jac and Keidah have been delivering it for about three years each.


PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY – Caroline Frame, 100 – the Oamaru Mail’s oldest living former paper deliverer – catches up with three of this generation’s youngest Oamau Mail paper deliverers (from left), Micah Hayes, 12, Jac Gibson, 13, and Keidah Bungard, 13.

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