Australia’s Last Run…
While the Cobb & Co Coach Service commenced operation in 1854 in Victoria, it wasn’t until January 1866 that services commenced in Queensland. From then, horse drawn coaches were travelling the length and breadth of Queensland from Cooktown in the north, Thargomindah in the southwest, from Cloncurry in the northwest to Tallebudgera in the southeast.
In 1884, Cobb & Co Mail Service No. 177 commenced, travelling from Yuleba to Surat and on to St George. It was a valuable service for local, remote property owners to access supplies, receive mail and to transport passengers between the towns and beyond.
The service became an iconic and essential tool for local graziers and industry men to maintain contact with friends and relatives, to receive supplies from town and for passengers to travel, where previously travel was expensive and time consuming.
After the First World War, the increased popularity of the motor vehicle and air transportation meant that the horse drawn coach had become obsolete. On August 14, 1924, the last Cobb &Co Coach service No. 177 made its way from Surat to Yuleba.
In its 70 years of service in the region, Cobb & Co had engrained itself into the culture and way of life for many locals. Today, descendants of coach passengers, drivers and groomsmen remember the service and the impact that it made on life in what was then a remote and sparse landscape and lifestyle.
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