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A Pictorial History of Cobb & Co. by K. A. Austin

A Pictorial History of Cobb & Co. by K. A. Austin

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A Pictorial History of Cobb & Co.

The Coaching Age in Australia 1854 - 1924

by K. A. Austin

Rigby, 1977, [First Edition], ISBN 072700316X, colour photographic plates, black and white photographs and illustrations, photographic frontispiece, hardcover, dustjacket

Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, previous owners gift inscription on front endpaper, dustjacket shows a little edge and shelf wear with a little rubbing, bumping and chipping to edges (see photographs)

“The name “Cobb” is almost a synonym for the great Coaching Age which began in 1854, the most turbulent year of the Victorian Gold Rushes.  The Coaching Age lasted for seventy years from the time when four enterprising young Americans headed by Freeman Cobb introduced the revolutionary leather-slung Concord coaches to Australia’s unmade goldfields’ tracks.  Later Cobb’s many successors, who collectively made up the legendary Cobb and Co., brought the coaches to serve the Outback beyond the railheads, where they provided the only public transport for our ancestors.  By the 1880s, Cobb and Co.’s network of coach lines was the most extensive in the world.”


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