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The plaque commemorates the re-enactment of a Cobb & Co. coach route in May 2002 during the "Year of the Outback".  It was organised to commemorate the importance of the passenger and mail service conducted by Cobb & Co. to the communities along the route. 

The re-enactment was organised by David Walker of Forbes, who was assisted by Len Auld and Ben Hall.  A descendant of James Rutherford, who was the owner of Cobb & Co., and historian David Rutherford also attended the re-enactment.

Cobb & Co. was established in Melbourne in 1853 by a group of immigrant Americans with Freeman Cobb being the primary person in the establishment of the new coach industry.  The coaches were imported from the United States of America, and these were a better vehicle than the English coachis that were being used in the Australian colonies at the time.  The business was sold as a consortium with James Rutherford as the manager.

The Cobb & Co. name was retained and its influence spread through eastern Australia.  It moved into New South Wales in 1861 with Bathurst as its headquarters.  During the height of the enterprise, Cobb & Co. utilised a team of approximately 19,000 horses.  During his 50 years as manager, James Rutherford bought out other coaching operators, but allowed some to operate under the Cobb & Co. umbrella.  He also purchased many land holdings in Queensland and New South Wales using the name of Cobb & Co.


Address:Mudda Street (Lachlan Valley Way), Former Travellers Rest Hotel Site, Euabalong, 2877
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.112403
Long: 146.464628
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 17th May, 2002
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Cobb & Co
Forbes to Hillston

Travellers Rest Hotel

This is the seventh of ten (10) plaques erected along the mail and passenger route from Forbes to Hillston at the sites of change stations and inns, to commemorate the re-enactment by Cobb & Co coach owners, David Walker, Len Auld and Ben Hall, who followed this route "Down the Lachlan Years Ago", "When Cobb & Co Was King".

As part of the Year of the Outback 2002, it also honours the men and women who handled the mail and looked after travellers at these ten particular locations, and also the hundreds of others involved, at a time when horse transport was the norm.

James Hennessey Byrnes was the licensee of this hotel from 1869 to 1875.  He was the son of the famous "Paddy" Byrnes of Cugong Hotel, 1886 to 1900.  This is believed to be the site of the Cobb & Co change station for that period and it was situated where the peppercorn trees now stand.  Henry Cabot had a hotel opposite the present Royal Hotel, which he built in 1883.

Boy Byrnes is a blood relative of James Hennessey Byrnes and is here today.

Lilliane Brady
Mayor Cobar Shire Council

17 May, 2002

Source: MA
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