Cable Car Conductors and Gripmen

Henry John Bartlett Family Photograph

Henry John Bartlett
Family Photograph

Those of us who lived in the era when the cable cars were still running possibly had a relation, friend or acquaintance who was employed on one of the cable car lines.   In my small neck of the woods, my grandfather was employed as a conductor on the Roslyn cable cars. He was Henry John Bartlett who lived at 73 Nairn Street and further along the street from him were Alex MacKenzie and Robert Sharp who were both conductors.   Henry John Bartlett lived in Broughton Street in 1902 – Broughton Street was later renamed Brighton St, then changed again to Beresford Street.

In Jellicoe Crescent where we lived, our neightbour Len Kitto was a conductor on the Kaikorai line.   Two more houses away was Robert Forsyth, another conductor, then further up the Crescent was Alex McKenzie who was a gripman.   There were others of course but these are just some who spring to mind.

Of course one of the well known personalities was Jim Sharp who was a gripman on the Kaikorai line, and in fact was the driver of the last car to run on 31st July 1947.

In the photograph below, Henry Bartlett is standing at extreme left of one of the first Dunedin cablecars which operated on the Roslyn line and was built in 1881.

(Original Article by Alan Gilchrist)

One of the first Dunedin cablecars which operated on the Roslyn line and was built in 1881.

One of the first Dunedin cablecars which operated on the Roslyn line and was built in 1881.

Ross

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