Lyall Frank Harrison con Lyall Harrison: A Tribute To My Father (English Edition)As written by Lyall Frank Harrison in the year 2001 who served in the taxi industry for 45 years and was aged 76 years.
This book is all about his life and those of his family who were part of the early days of the Taxi Industry in both Wellington and Mangakino, both cities in New Zealand. He wanted to share it with you all – I know you will scan each page and remember him for all of his own adventures and challenges that sometimes set him back, but he never gave in – he kept going – a legacy he passed on to me.
My Dad who I fondly remember every time I go for a walk – he had such long legs and I would have to run to keep up with him as we trotted up the hill from the shops at the Elsdon Shopping Centre back to our home in Kotuku Street. And that is the reason I always walk so fast.
We lived in Elsdon which is a sprawling suburb of Porirua.
Dad always said that back in 1956 we had one of the first three houses to have been built on that subdivision. The Walkers moved in next door and the Millers moved in over the road and so that made us the first three families to shift to that area. I look at the place when I visit now and think how much it has grown. Friends lived all around us being that we went to Porirua School, which is situated at one of the entrances to Elsdon and then we all went to Mana College.
You could say we were loyal natives.
May I now share with you what I remember about my Dad….
There was Dad at Work - his nickname at work. They called him “The Bat” – funny name really but I guess if you only come out at night and you are always wearing an immaculate white shirt and tie and dressed up to the nines no matter when anyone met up with him, that name was appropriate amongst his colleagues.