Cobb & Co. in Queensland - History in Pictures
By Myles Sinnamon - Project Coordinator, State Library of Queensland | 1 January 2016
In its hey-day, Cobb & Co. coaches provided a vital transportation link between regional towns, carrying passengers and the mail. Cobb & Co. was founded in 1853 and was well established in Victoria and New South Wales before the decision was made to extend to Queensland in 1865.
On January 1, 1866, the first Cobb & Co. coach service began between Brisbane and Ipswich. By 1902 Cobb & Co. ran 42 coach routes throughout Queensland, covering a distance of nearly 8,000 kms. These routes included - Alpha to Tambo; Cunnamulla to Thargomindah; Adavale to Thargomindah; Longreach to Muttaburra; Jericho to Blackall; Herberton to Georgetown; Georgetown to Croydon; Winton to Cloncurry and Ilfracombe to Isisford.
The advent of motor cars and trucks saw the decline of the horse-drawn coach services. Cobb & Co. finally called it a day in 1924 with the final service running between Yuleba and Surat.
Cobb & Co. Southport coach, ca. 1900. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 19475
Bogged Cobb & Co. wagon, Blackall district, 1908. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image API-046-01-0005
Arthur Richardson, a blacksmith and wheelwright for Cobb & Co., Charleville, ca. 1912. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 39821
Cobb & Co. coach in front of the Cloncurry Post & Telegraph Office, ca. 1920, ca. 1920. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 16224
Cobb & Co. coach on the last trip between Longreach and Jundah, January 1922. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 60598
Cobb and Co. route from Longreach to Jundah, c.1920. Published in Coaching in Australia : a history of the coaching firm of Cobb & Co. with guide to the present coaching routes in Queensland
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