Taxi History In Beechworth
Some pictures of several Beechworth taxis operated by Graeme Smart from the 1940’s up to the 1970’s including a 1954 FJ Holden ordered from GHH with a complete ‘Taxi Kit” which included a vinyl roof and other features to ensure hygiene and passenger comfort – airbags and seat belts were not part of primary safety requirements! During that period of time Beechworth was a bustling community with a number of government institutions providing work for many in the town. There were several taxi operators at that time including Graeme Smart, Leo Kavanagh and Harold McIntosh
As a small boy Ian Gracie visited his Grandparents who occupied the residence above the grand old Beechworth Post Office on the corner of Ford and Camp Streets – the centre of all activity in Beechworth.
Ian has often reflected on having his grandmother Mrs Doig standing in one of the upstairs bedrooms with him and pointing out Graeme Smarts or Harold McIntosh’s taxis parked across the road waiting to pick up passengers who may have been going to work at one of the Government institutions such as the “Mayday Hills Mental Asylum” or the Benevolent Homes (it would be called an aged care facility these days).
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