Taxi driver, Ted Wright, and Sid Hoskins, with a Blue Star fleet taxi which has been altered to accommodate two wheelchair users. 3 October 1990.
The 1988 Ford Fairline, acquired by Blue Star taxis, was altered (at a cost of $65,000) to allow two wheelchair users and four other passengers to ride in comfort. Rather than relying on an electric hoist, the car was accessed via a metal ramp which was attached to the car floor. Following its alteration, the car gained an additional 1.2 metres in length and 145 cm in height.
Do you have any photographs of local people who are mobility impaired? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection.
The Discovery Wall is a large interactive exhibition which allows several people to simultaneously explore images and stories of the history of the people and places of Christchurch. It is viewable on the ground floor of Tūranga, 60 Cathedral Square, Christchurch, New Zealand or on the Mobile Discovery Wall. Images displayed on the Wall can also be found on the Discovery Wall website.
Christchurch Photo Hunt
The Christchurch Photo Hunt is our annual heritage image competition. It runs from Tuesday 1 October to Thursday 31 October.