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! 😀 I would love to experience a journey by stagecoach. Well ok, maybe just for an hour or two. 😉 I think all that bumping about over less-than-respectable roads might get a little tiring!
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! 😀 So for all my American readers out there, this is your claim to fame in Australia history! 😛
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.
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?
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.
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! 😀 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?