In 1946, two young men, Jack Edge and Roy Slattery, returned home from serving their country in World War II to find there was little work available in Adelaide for veterans.
During September 1946, Jack and Roy formed the Associated Taxis of Ex-Servicemen, operating two Chevrolets that ferried passengers from the Burnside tram terminus to the Waterfall Gully kiosk.
Initially, the company employed mostly ex-servicemen and in fact, it was not until many years later that the reference to ex-servicemen fell away entirely from the company logo all together.
During those formative years, the innovative culture of Suburban took root. In a long list of achievements, Suburban was the first to introduce two-way radios into its taxis and a Taxi Driver's Code of Conduct. In the latter years, Suburban became the first (and still remains the only) taxi company in South Australia to achieve recognised tourism accreditation and to introduce a premium range of Elite taxis.
Today Suburban Taxis employs over 50 staff and operates in Port Lincoln, Port Pirie and Adelaide.
While Suburban Taxis has come a long way since 1946, the company and staff have never lost the passion for service the public that Jack and Roy ingrained all those years ago.