The Cabby and the Couple Highgate Hill 1906

Truth  Sunday 5th August 1906

The Cabby and the Couple

”There was a wedding in the ’Gabba one night recently, and, after being pelted with showers of rice and good humoured gigged by the guests, the loving couple hopped into a cab and were driven off to their marital nest at Highgate Hill. “Blyme!” said the cabman afterwards, “they jumped outer me flounder an’ went flyin’ up the stairs as if they only had ten seconds left on earth to enjoy themselves. The bloke forgits all about me fare in the excitement, of course! I waited about 5 minutes on the off chance of him rememberin’, then sails to his door, an’ strike me pink! If their light wasn’t already out, and the cove came to ther door fully dressed in his panjamdres after I knocked. Sudden? I should smirk!”

Horse drawn cabs were still to be seen in Brisbane in the 1930s, however motorised taxis started to appear on our streets not long after this article was written. The first taxi company, Ascot Taxi Service, was started in 1919 , operating from the Ascot Garage on Racecourse Road
The hansom cab was designed by Joseph Hansom in 1834 and was in the style of a cabriolet which gave rise to the word “cab”.

Hansom cab outside the Supreme Court Brisbane 1931 mod

Hansom cab outside the Supreme Court Brisbane 1931 (State Library of Queensland)

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