National Cobb & Co Day 2023

Join us for a day of festivities and events!

What’s happening when…

Sunday 13 August 2023

  • Cobb & Co Bowls Day @ Yuleba
  • Cobb & Co Pony Club Ride @ Surat

Monday 14th August 2023

Roma

Bullock Team Across the Maranoa
3pm-5pm – Big Rig

(near the Big Rig and Sculptures Outback on Warrego Highway)

 

Tuesday 15th August 2023

Surat

Bullock Team Across the Maranoa
 3pm-5.30pm – Opposite Surat Tyre Service
(Corner of Cordelia St & Alexander Streets, Surat)

Wednesday 16th August 2023

Yuleba / Wallumbilla

Bullock Team Across the Maranoa
9am-11am at the Cobb and Co Park Yuleba.
Then 1.30pm-3.30pm at the Wallumbilla Showgrounds.

Thursday 17th August 2023

Mitchell

Bullock Team Across the Maranoa
12pm-3pm at the Mitchell RSL & Combined Sports Complex (behind the Campdraft arena).

Friday 18th August 2023

Injune

Bullock Team Across the Maranoa
2pm-3pm – rides at the Injune State School

Saturday 19th August 2023

Roma Plough Day

Bullock Team Across the Maranoa
special appearance at the Roma Plough Day at the Roma Polocrosse Grounds.

On the 14 August 1924, the last Cobb & Co Coach in Australia ran from Surat to Yuleba.

This was the end of 71 years of horse drawn mail delivery, passengers and freight being delivered by horse and coach.

Coach No 112 a white coach was built at Charleville and completed the last run on the Mail Service 177 (Surat to Yuleba) and is on display in the Cobb & Co Museum in Toowoomba on loan from the National Museum in Canberra.

Coach travel was considered first class travel even with dust, heat, floods, insects and cramped conditions and the possibility of Bushrangers.

Cobb and Co is part of many, many communities in Australia and we invite individuals, schools, historical groups, community groups and Councils to revisit and celebrate their links and history each year on 14 August.  National Cobb & Co Day celebrates the history of horse drawn transport in Australia.

In 2023, we celebrate 99 years since the last Cobb & Co coach run in Australia. To mark this occasion, the Cobb & Co Festival Committee, in partnership with Maranoa Regional Council are supporting a Bullock Team travelling across the region. Mark in your diary time to come along and say hello.

COBB AND CO POSTCARD FROM YULEBA – Photo courtesy of John Senyard

Arthur Senyard: Manager of Cobb & Co Depot Yuleba – Standing with right side lead horse His son Joe may have sent the last coach to run in Australia to Canberra National Museum.

Olive Lavercombe Girl in background at cottage of Cobb and Co Store. Alf Jensen – Coach Driver, Died of pneumonia as a result of driving during a long wet spell and left a young widow and family.

Hugh Davidson – Short man in a suit at rear of coach, local but not connected with Cobb and Co. He worked at any job he could get from time to time.

Police Sergeant Joyce was the local officer.

The coach appears to be carrying the full load of 14 passengers (3 rows of 4) people inside and another two on the box seat with the driver. On top are the mailbags, mail baskets (all parcels were transported in big cane baskets), and some luggage. More luggage at the rear and also some would have been packed under the box seat. The springs you can see along the side were not made from iron but up to 10 leather straps. The horse team comprised of 4 pole horses, 2 each side of the centre shaft which you can see in the photo and 3 lead horses. The driver controlled the 7 horses with only 4 reins, 2 from the lead horses and 2 from the pole horses.

Proudly Supported by:
Maranoa Regional Council

Travel in the horse-drawn coach, ride on your horse, or watch the action ... but beware of the bushrangers!