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Importance of Coaches

While the train had replaced the coaches by the late 1870's on many of the main routes, coaches were still an important way to get around in some of the more remote areas. For instance Mansfield was linked to Melbourne by various coach routes who took people to and from the railway line. See the history of !!MISSING

The difference between coaching and rail (Ensign15/8/1873)

Mr Crawford was a coach operator in Beechworth who played a role in the story of the KellyGang.

The Royal Mail Line ran the following routes in 1879

Between Frequency
Alexandra - Tallarook daily Fare 17s 6d
Beechworth - Eldorado - Tarrawingee daily
Beechworth - Wandiligong daily
Everton - Myrtleford - Bright - Wandiligong daily
Myrtleford - Hunning Creek - Everton Monday Wednesday
Echuca - Deniliquin  
Everton - Buckland Monday Wednesday Friday
Beechworth - Chiltern daily
Corowa - Chiltern daily
Yackandandah - Beechworth daily
Wodonga - Kiewa -Yackandandah Monday Wednesday
Beechworth - Hillsbrough - Stanley daily
Beechworth - Stanley daily
Porepunkah - Buckland Tuesday Thursday Saturday
Running Creek - Beechworth Monday Wednesday Friday
Bright - Harrietville Monday Wednesday Friday
Jerilderie - Deniliquin  
Wangaratta - Milawa daily
Wangaratta - Moyhu daily
Wangaratta - Yarrawonga Wednesday Saturday
Wangaratta - Dockers Plains - Fistcourt Monday Wednesday Friday
Howlong - Chiltern Monday Wednesday Friday
Corowa - Wahgunyah - Rutherglen - Springhurst daily
Corowa - Jerilderie Sunday
Wodonga - Bethanga daily
Wodonga - Tintalara Saturday

Cobb & Co in Victoria and the Riverina was run by James Rutherford and John Wagner. The headquarters was in Hay in New South Wales

Hay was the headquarters for Cobb and co, why (T&C16/10/1875)

The coach ran from Goulburn to Albury, come for the ride (T&C5/4/1873)

The hotels became a depot for coaches and passengers (Alexandra19/8/1876)

Lawrence Cutter and Alexander Stevenson were coach builders in Victoria

There was an interesting relationship between the coaches and the railway (Argus17/1/81)



Coach travel was expensive but on occasions the KellyGang's sympathizers used the coaches to get to the trains and to supply the boys with ammunition etc.

The KellyGang's involvment

See Cobb & Co coach between Deniliquin and Jerilderie after the Jerilderie robbery (BWC)

Coaches were often held up by bushrangers. they carried people with money (Argus2/9/69)

Mundadoo $

Adelong crossing place $

Gundagai $

Coolac $ '

Jugiong $ '

Nanny Byrne's $ '

Bookham $

Bowning $

Yass $

Conroy's Gap $

Gunning $ '

Breadalbane Plains $ Bowna $

Rose and Crown $

Ten Mile Creek $ '

Germantown $

Garryowen $

Tarcutta $

Lower Tarcutta $ '


The followering were coach stops between Albury and Goulburn