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Hansom Cab - Simmons & Sons, 1880s Object Reg. No: ST 029057

Two passenger hansom cab designed to be drawn by one horse, manufactured by Simmons & Sons, Coachbuilders, South Yarra, 1880s. Hansom cabs first appeared on Melbourne streets in the 1880s. They were built by local coachbuilders working from English designs. The driver, seated behind, could control the opening and closing of the doors, preventing passengers from running off without paying their fares.

In 1899 there were 218 registered hansom cabs in Melbourne. Cable trams and the motor car led to their demise, although a few could still be seen about the streets into the 1930s. Hansom cabs were named after J A Hansom, their English designer.
Hansom cab designed to be drawn by one horse. It has seating for two inside and an open seat at the back for the driver. It is painted black and decorated with a red and green stripe on each wheel, a green stripe on body and red on shafts.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Transfer from State Library of Victoria (SLV), 1973
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 270 cm (Height), 194 cm (Width), 380 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: horsedrawn vehicles
Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Horse Drawn Vehicles
Tertiary Classification: hire cabs
Manufacturer: Simmons & Sons, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 1880s


george kelly Posted on 21 Dec 2013 4:01 PM
Hi I am looking to build a full size hansom cab and am looking for plans for same. Can you help me.Thanking you in advance

George Kelly
Discovery Centre Posted on 23 Dec 2013 12:34 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi George, our Curator has said unfortunately we don’t have any more plans. He suggested you might like to try contacting the Cobb & Co museum in Toowoomba who might have plans. They have the largest collection of horse drawn vehicles of any public museum in Australia.

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