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Cobb & Co

Transport to the region was vastly improved in 1862 when Cobb & Co transferred its headquarters from Victoria to Bathurst, an initiative designed to follow the goldfield trade.   One of the original coaches that serviced the Turon goldfields has been fully restored and is proudly displayed at Bathurst Visitor Information Centre. 

By 1870 Cobb & Co coaches were travelling around 28,000 miles (44,800 kms) each week harnessing 6,000 horses to service the various routes. Although the road conditions were often horrendous the horses averaged 6-8 miles an hour (10 to 15 kmh). The company was renowned for its speed and reliability.

Cobb & Co established a coach building factory in Bathurst to construct their coaches and other horse drawn vehicles and also had two offices in the main street. Mail runs subsidised the cost of passenger travel with the company controlling over 11,000 kms of NSW mail routes and in 1870 mail contracts were valued at a staggering 95,000 pounds.  

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