Cobb & Co. at Penola, South Australia


Hobart, Australia

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Featured in New to Vintage Group on 03/28/12

Featured in Color Me A Rainbow Group on 05/15/12

A selection of the coach and four from a photo taken on film some years ago and scanned from the negative of a street scene at Sovereign Hill theme park at Ballarat, merged with a shot I took last October at Penola, South Australia with my Pentax K-r.

Vintage effect created in PSE 9 by desaturation of colours, adding gaussian blur and texture (Mark Galer’s Renaissance).

In mid-1853 Americans Freeman Cobb and George Mowton, employees of Adams & Co. coach transport firm, arrived in Melbourne to establish a company branch to provide carrying services to the Victorian gold fields. Instead they created a partnership with several other 20 year olds with similar work experience to form Cobb & Co., importing coaches and drivers. In January 1854 a passenger service commenced between Melbourne and Bendigo. The staging system, with changing stations to provide fresh horses on a regular basis, made the coach journey as efficient as possible.

In following years, the routes for the coaches were extended to other colonies: New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. In 1854 William Rounsevell had established a mail-contracting and coaching service in Adelaide, which grew to become the leading coaching line in South Australia. Cobb & Co. bought the business in 1867 and continued services to many locations throughout the colony. John Hill, whose father had earlier established Henry Hill & Co carrying services, bought this Cobb & Co. branch in 1871, and prior to World War I a company amalgamation with H. Graves formed Graves, Hill & Co.

The opening of railway lines competed with coach services, which opened further routes – particularly into more remote inland areas. The last Cobb & Co. journey in Australia was made in south-west Queensland in 1924.

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