Story: Public transport

Horse buses

Horse buses

The horse-drawn bus was the first form of public transport in New Zealand. In this 1904 photograph of Wellington’s Cambridge Terrace, passengers have just transferred from the horse-drawn trams in the background to the horse-drawn buses in the foreground. The trams ran in the inner-city area while the buses would take passengers on to outlying suburban areas.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand Tramway Workers Union Collection
Reference: PAColl-D-0925-3

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Adrian Humphris, 'Public transport - Early transport options', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/22509/horse-buses (accessed 15 December 2019)

Story by Adrian Humphris, published 11 Mar 2010, reviewed & revised 11 Mar 2016