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16-March-2018
16-March-2018

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The monument commemorates the last stagecoach run of Cobb & Co in Australia.  The last run of the horse drawn coach was from Surat to Yuleba in August 1924.

Cobb & Co was the name used by many successful sometimes quite independent Australian coaching businesses. The first was established in 1853 by American Freeman Cobb and his partners. The name Cobb & Co grew to great prominence in the late 19th century, when it was carried by many stagecoaches carrying passengers and mail to various Australian goldfields, and later to many regional and remote areas of the Australian outback. The same name was used in New Zealand and Freeman Cobb used it in South Africa.

Although the Queensland branch of the company made an effort to transition to automobiles in the early twentieth century, high overhead costs and the growth of alternative transport options for mail, including rail and air, saw the final demise of Cobb & Co. The last Australian Cobb & Co stagecoach ran in Queensland in August 1924.

 

 

Location

Address:5 Charlotte Street, Post Office, Surat, 4417
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.152347
Long: 149.070377
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry
Actual Event Start Date:14-August-1924
Actual Event End Date:14-August-1925

Dedication

Front Inscription

COBB & CO. MONUMENT

Plaque: 
This Cairn Commemorates The Last Run
     Of Cobb & Co In Australia.

On Thursday Morning 14 August 1924,
Fred "Tommy" Thompson, Took The Reins
For The Last Time To Drive Cobb & Co
Coach No. 141 The 75 km (47 Miles) Between
           Surat And Yuleba

 

Source: MA
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