Sunday, 19 June 2011
Cobb & Co
One of the distinctive features of the Cobb coaches was when they operated after nightfall their lights formed a triangular shape of lamps at either side of the coach and a large central light, visible for many miles across the country. This must have looked an amazing sight as the lights travelled at speed in the dark. So much so that it inspired the poet Henry Lawson to write his evocative poem "The Lights of Cobb and Co" ('Through stringy bark and blue gum and box and pine we go -,// A hundred miles shall see tonight the lights of Cobb and Co")
Carrying of gold from the gold fields could mean that the drivers faced bushrangers wishing to relieve them of their cargo. This is how I know of Cobb and Co because as a child I watched the series of 'Whiplash' set in the Australian outback, and loosely based on the life of Freeman Cob who was played by Peter Graves (later to star in Mission Impossible), fighting the baddies with his whip. In real life Cobb returned to America to become a Massachusetts senator, later moving to South Africa to initiate a coaching system to serve the Kimberley diamond mines. In my mind of course he is still riding the outback, whip in hand, the mail must get through....
An entry for Sunday Stamps hosted by Viridian's Postcards