Story: Transport – overview

The mail coach

The mail coach

In 19th-century New Zealand, Cobb & Co horse-drawn coaches transported not just people and goods but also information, in the form of mail. As this advertisement explains, the coaches connected with trains to ensure transport coverage in remote areas such as the West Coast of the South Island.

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Canterbury Museum, Canterbury Pilgrims and Early Settlers' Association Collection
Reference: 1949.148.168

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James Watson, 'Transport – overview - Transport trends', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 February 2023)

Story by James Watson, published 11 Mar 2010