Cobb & Co. in Queensland - History in Pictures
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.