Time for a Stagecoach Ride!

Lauren Compton History Titbits, Research, The Orphans' Secret 12 Comments

I’ve been doing some more research for Book 2 of the JOY Series. My research has been centred around docks, slums, annnddd . . . Cobb and Co coach routes! Because Jayne is taking a little trip! πŸ˜€ I would love to experience a journey by stagecoach. Well ok, maybe just for an hour or two. πŸ˜‰ I think all that bumping about over less-than-respectable roads might get a little tiring!

Damman, G. (1895). [Cobb & Co. Coach and Horses outside Harcourt, Warburton, Victoria] [picture]. State Library of Victoria

The Cobb and Co coach business (originally known as “Cobb & Co’s American Telegraph Line of Coaches”–yes that’s quite a mouthful!!) was actually started by four young American immigrants in 1853! πŸ˜€ So for all my American readers out there, this is your claim to fame in Australia history! πŸ˜›

The founder was a man by the name of Freeman Cobb–hence the name Cobb and Co Coaches (as the name later got shortened too–which is no surprise since Australians like to shorten everything!). It was the first reliable, rapid form of transport in Australia between Melbourne and the goldfields.

Photographer: Jon Augier
Museums Victoria

The coach pictured above would have been pulled by four or five horses and carried up to 17 passengers (in addition to mail and luggage!). Can’t you just hear the cry of the driver, the jingle of harnesses, and the pounding of hooves as this carriage careened down a lonely bush road in 19th century Australia?

[Chinese Leaving for the Diggings. Cobb & Co. Coach, Castlemaine] [picture]. (1931). State Library of Victoria

As she allowed Jed to help her up the step , Jayne kept her eyes on the yellow-spoked wheels, hoping to avoid another glimpse of the bearded man if he lingered nearby. But as she pressed nearer the window to let Jed up, her eyes located the sight she dreaded. The man stood below as if intending to board. A shiver ran down the length of her back.

The Orphans’ Secret, #2 The JOY Series

One of the many Cobb and Co stables where horses would have been kept, ready for the next stage coach to come rolling in.  

Collins, J. (1968). Yandoit. Former Cobb & Co Stables [picture]. State Library of Victoria

Well I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into Australia’s past! Before I go, I have one last thing to mention . . . I don’t know if this is just a new revelation for me, but while I was putting together this post, I had a light-bulb moment! πŸ˜€ The reason a stagecoach is called a stagecoach, is because the journey was broken up into multiple “stages” (so the horses could be changed). I don’t believe I’ve ever really stopped to think about the name properly!

Is this a new discovery for anyone else as well?Β Β 

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    17 passengers? On THAT?? Oh my! Seems like it’d be a bit crowded!
    I’ve always wanted to go back to the “simpler” times of horses and buggies! I would LOVE a stagecoach ride — crowds and all — and I think we’d be able to appreciate the beauty around us more than we do when we only get a glimpse of out of a car window. We were up at an Amish community a few weeks ago, and watching them with their horses and buggies . . . I would love to learn to drive one! It looks so peaceful!!

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      I know!! So many people all squeezed into a confined space. I think men got to ride on the top which sounds a little dangerous to me!! But no doubt exhilarating too πŸ˜› Yes, it would certainly make everyone slow down a bit and stop to smell the roses πŸ˜€ I’m grateful for cars, but my family has always talked about owning a buggy. It would be such fun to know how to drive one!

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    Whoo hoo, America XD glad we aided your story with our company endeavors XD

    And when you said Australians loved to shorten things, I was like, they would fit in just fine down South XD

    Love this post!

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      πŸ˜€ It’s interesting how different countries are entwined in one another’s history. It’s certainly fun getting to include the good old Cobb and Co. in my book!

      Haha! I guess we’re not the only ones then! πŸ˜›

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    This was so interesting! And I had never really thought of the reason they were called stagecoaches…lightbulb for me as well
    And like Kaitlyn, we just visited an Amish community several weeks ago and I totally agree with her about the horses and buggies!!

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      Hi Ruthann! I’m so glad you found the post interesting! πŸ˜€ Lightbulb moments can be very enlightening! πŸ˜‰ That would have been so interesting . . . such a different way of life.

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    This was fun! I love reading history tidbits! And I think I would enjoy a stagecoach ride… if it wasn’t too bumpy. πŸ˜‰ I’ve gone on a few hay rides, and those were always fun. It made me feel closer to God’s glorious creation!
    And great point about the stagecoach name! I think I may have heard it before, but then so much information gets lost in my brain. XD Your explanation really makes a lot of sense.

    Oh, and I tagged you for the Leibster Award!

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      Oh! I’m so glad you enjoyed this little trip back in history! A hay ride sounds delightful!! πŸ˜€

      Haha! Yeah, when you actually stop to think about some words, they can be so interesting and make a lot of sense. πŸ˜‰

      Thank you so much for tagging me! It sounds like fun!!

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