Coaching in Australia : a history of the coaching firm of Cobb and Co. (Digitised @ SLQ)

In October 1939, William Lees, historical writer and proprietor and editor of the Queensland Pastoral Gazette, died at his home in Yeerongpilly, ironically whilst reading a newspaper. Lees had a keen interest in history, was a member of the Queensland Historical Society, and had travelled extensively throughout the state.

Front cover of Coaching in Australia : a history of the coaching firm of Cobb & Co. with guide to the present coaching routes in Queensland by William Lees (SLQ collection)

Front cover of Coaching in Australia : a history of the coaching firm of Cobb & Co. with guide to the present coaching routes in Queensland by William Lees (SLQ collection)

During his career he wrote a number of books focusing on the history and development of Queensland. In 1917, he produced Coaching in Australia : a history of the coaching firm of Cobb & Co. with guide to the present coaching routes in Queensland. The Courier-Mail offered the following review -

"The subject takes the author over a wide field, through periods which live in the recollections of comparatively few people connecting the present railway era with the time when Cobb's coaches represented the one regular and relatively speedy means of communication between one part of Australia and another. Mr Lees has collected together a great deal of information, and he tells his story plainly and directly; as one who has been over much of the country himself, and has had practical experience of coaching over long distances, and through country far from the iron horse."

 

Towards the end of the book, Lees included information and maps on then present day routes taken by Cobb and Co.

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I own a house in Wondecla and have been told that the cobb and co coach passed this house. I would like to confirm the route that cobb and co took from herberton to ravenshoe as I believe the road I live on which is now called reynolds road was once named the Old Coach Road. Can anyone confirm or give me access to maps of the time that showed the route 1880-1912

Hi LorraineThank you for your question. If you would like to fill in our online enquiry form with your details, one of our helpful librarians will assist you with your question. http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/services/ask-usRegardsMyles – State Library of Queensland