Max Harris Photography Collection: Radio Cabs Driver Identified!
Jenny Greenbank (and her siblings Julie, Trevor and Paul) responded to the story in the Courier showing some of the 1960s images from our collection with much excitement. Here is what she had to say:
“The picture is of my wonderful, hard working, amazing Dad, Henry Alexander Hill.
Dad was born on the 14 of March 1934 and passed away January 2001. He met my mum Irene in about 1954 and Dad was driving taxis occasionally when they were going out. He married my mum on the 28th of June 1958. Dad continued to drive taxis in his spare time as he was working at the Vimma (Ballarat Abbatoirs).
Dad drove taxis for quite a few owners such as Jack Stewart, Clive Dallas, Knoll Vordrey, Jeff Armstrong, and Ray Lane.
Mum remembers that one of the first taxis that dad drove was a little Vanguard which looks like it may be like the one in the picture. Eventually dad bought his own taxi. It was car number 35. I remember it was a black Valiant and many weekends he would polish it up and put a white ribbon on the front and white tule in the back windscreen and it was used for weddings.
Dad also worked the radio cabs radio despatch room where he would radio the taxis to let them know where they needed to go. It was so lovely to see his picture in the Courier and to see his beautiful smile.”
We have loved all the responses to our exhibition of Ballarat photos old and new with ‘In the Picture: Ballarat through Time.’ The Max Harris area in the lending library continues with revolving displays. November will see a floral theme to link in with our ‘Gardens in Print’ exhibition in the Reading Room as part of the annual Ballarat Gardens in Spring program.