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Taxi tales in the City

For some people, ‘taxi’ is a four-letter word – while for others it is their livelihood. Mention the word taxi in conversation and you will inspire countless stories about people’s experiences. Everybody has a story to tell.


Angus O’Callaghan Pedestrians c. 1960s
Source: City of Melbourne, Art and Heritage collection

Inspired by the City of Melbourne’s Art and Heritage Collection, the Hello Yellow exhibition explores the driver–passenger relationship in all of its richness, variety and colour – from an early form of entertainment and challenges with licensing and regulation, to taxi activism, and influences from migration, gender and war.
Silver Top Taxi dome light

Silver Top Taxi dome light, 1950s
Source: Kevin M Gange collection

This exhibition celebrates Melbourne as the first city in Australia to introduce the motorised taxicab and traces its extraordinary social history to the present day.
Taxis Bourke St

Taxis on Bourke Street, Melbourne, 1960s
Source: City of Melbourne, Art and Heritage collection

Comprising 3D objects, artwork, photographs and moving image, the exhibition explores how the driver–passenger relationship has inspired popular culture. An interactive component will invite visitors to step into the shoes of a taxi driver and take the Melbourne Knowledge test.
Austral Argo taximeter

Austral Argo taximeter, 1930s
Source: City of Melbourne, Art and Heritage collection

Hello Yellow gives you a free ride into the Melbourne taxi story and is on now at the City Gallery, Melbourne Town Hall until 28 July 2014.