Story: Taxis and cabs

The southernmost cab

The southernmost cab

Captioned ‘the most southern gas lamp post and hansom cab in the world’, this cab is probably at Stirling Point, Bluff. Often described as ‘the last lamp post in the world’, it was a popular place to visit and probably provided this cabbie with plenty of work. A cab driver sat in a perilously high position – if his horse shied or bolted, he had a long way to fall, or could be flung over the roof of his cab.

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Jane Tolerton, 'Taxis and cabs - Horse-drawn hansom cabs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 August 2020)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 11 Mar 2010