Picnic Party’s Exciting Experience

COACH HORSES BOLT IN BULLI PASS – COACH OVERTURNED AND SMASHED – INJURIES TO PASSENGERS; Sydney, Monday: An exciting experience to a picnic party in the Bulli Pass happened yesterday afternoon. Five horses with a coachload of 18 passengers got completely out of the driver’s control and bolted madly down the pass. The coach was owned…

Tom’s tall tales from the box seat

By MICK ROBERTS © ALTHOUGH supposedly handy with the whip, the real story of Thomas Kelly’s career as a coachman is littered with incidents of erratic driving, and accidents, which in the end left him a cripple. The son of an Irish convict, Tom is arguably second only to the legendary James Waterworth as the…

The old coaching days

(Written for the Town, and Country Journal 1898) BY H.C.R.   THE circumstances and varied incidents attached to the coaching of the present and early days of the colonies are of considerable interest. How many are there today who, when seated in a comfortable car or lounging in the smoking compartment of an up-to-date railway…

Larkin’s coaches

By MICK ROBERTS © EDWARD Larkin had something to boast about when he drove his brand-new passenger coach into Wollongong township. The Appin settler is credited with introducing the first four horse passenger coach to Wollongong in 1861. He made the first real attempt at establishing a coach line in the Illawarra after receiving the…

Pioneer whip

By MICK ROBERTS © THE eagerly awaited arrival of the iron horse to the Illawarra in 1886 awoke the world to what is known today as Lawrence Hargrave Drive and its scenic splendour, altering the coastal bush track from a quiet local thoroughfare into a busy main road linking Sydney to Wollongong. Soon after the opening…