By 1913, as this view from Christchurch’s Cathedral Square shows, hansom cabs and hackney carriages were competing for space on city streets with trams and cars – including motorised taxis. Five years later, at the end of the First World War, there were nearly 30,000 cars in New Zealand, taxis were operating in cities and towns, and most of the hansom cabs had gone. A few survived into the 1920s.
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