Story: Coaches and long-distance buses

Mount Cook service car

Mount Cook service car

A Mount Cook Motor Company driver carries three women passengers in one of the company’s first Cadillacs, near Queenstown. On the running board are an acetylene-gas generator for lighting, a tin of oil and a new tyre, still wrapped. The company started running service cars in 1906, having operated a coach service for the previous 20 years. Its first cars were De Dions and Darracqs. They took carrier pigeons in crates, so that if the cars got stranded, help could be summoned by air mail.

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Canterbury Museum, Harry Wigley Collection
Reference: 1982.163.866

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Jane Tolerton, 'Coaches and long-distance buses - Service cars', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 11 Mar 2010