Cobb and Co Branch, Queensland Museum

The Cobb & Co Museum displays Australia's finest collection of horse-drawn vehicles, and can provide expert advice on the history and technology of Australian horse-drawn vehicles. Training programs are available in heritage trades, and conservation and accessioning for museum personnel. The Museum provides skill based learning programs for preschool, primary, secondary and special needs students. There is an extensive range of Cobb & Co Museum merchandise, publications, education resources, heritage maps, photographs and posters available through the bookshop's mail order catalogue. A second stage was opened last in October 2001. Displays about Toowoomba - the range, the city and the people. Children's Discovery centre - the coach shop and Aboriginal language centre - Binargal. Temporary display gallery.

Address: 
27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba, QLD
Tel: 
0746391971
Hours: 
10am - 4pm every day (except Christmas Day and Good Friday)
Admission: 
Adults $5, Concessions $4, Children $3
Facilities: 
Wheelchair access, theatrette, guided tours, education programs, shop. Skill based learning programs for preschool, primary, secondary and special needs students, and a blacksmith training facility
Collection: 
The Museum houses Australia's finest collection of Horse-drawn vehicles. Objects also held relevant to the natural and cultural histories of Toowoomba and nearby escarpment of the Great Dividing Range.
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Items

Stationery stamp and seal

Cobb and Co. Stamp

Cobb and Co. Stamp
Creator:
Unknown
Description:
Cast iron embossing stamp and seal "Cobb and Company Limited Queensland".
Date:
1902
Item Id Number:
H20925

Cobb & Co. Queensland was incorporated as a separate company in 1902, with offices in Petrie Bight, Brisbane.

Horse-drawn carriage

Landau

Landau
Creator:
Unknown
Description:
Royal style carriage, coachman driven with folding roof, glass windows.
Date:
1865
Item Id Number:
H14807

The Landau was used in the filming of the movie "The Eureka Stockade" in 1947.

Horse-drawn buggy

Four-in-Hand Buggy

Four-in-Hand Buggy
Creator:
Possibly Edds and Co., Brisbane
Description:
Horse-drawn buggy on leather suspension.
Date:
circa 1880
Item Id Number:
H8309

Sir Joshua Peter Bell, owner of the 'Four-in Hand', was a squatter, politician and breeder of racehorses.

Horse-drawn bus

Omnibus

Omnibus
Creator:
(Possibly) Olding and Parker, Sydney
Description:
Twenty five passenger vehicle, passenger inside and on roof seat.
Date:
1887
Item Id Number:
H8062

The Omnibus was built in Sydney, but brought to Brisbane in 1892 by Mrs Leah Morton for her family's omnibus business at Bardon. It was subsequently used in Brisbane's northern suburbs until1924.

Horse-drawn coach

Cobb & Co. Coach No. 100

Cobb & Co. Coach No. 100
Creator:
Cobb and Co. Factory (either Bathurst or Charleville)
Description:
Eight passenger thoroughbrace horse-drawn coach.
Date:
C1900
Item Id Number:
H14818

The coach was used by Cobb & Co in Charleville. It was subsequently transformed to a drover's wagon in the 1920s by removing the roof. It was converted back into a coach by Ferguson's coachworks, Toowoomba C1950.