Unhappy Christchurch cabbies
A petition to government from 66 disgruntled Christchurch cabbies was made on 6 October 1911 but they were doomed to disappointment.
The cabbies were upset at having their stands moved into the back streets of the city thus causing them to lose trade. They wanted the government to take over the regulation of taxis thinking this would be a better option than management by the Christchurch City Council. But they were told that the Government had no power to “interfere with local bodies” on the issue.
Shown here is the case made by the cabbies in support of their petition. They had, they said, enjoyed free access for 50 years to the streets they were now being forced out of.
ACGO 8333 IA1/1174/ 1911/2909a
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