19th century look
The famous Cobb & Co once had their headquarters in Bathurst starting in 1862 under the management of a local boy, James Rutherford. The first coach arrived at Bathurst, from Victoria, with Rutherford at the reins. The company's principal coach construction factory operated behind Bathurst's Black Bull Inn until 1881,now part of the Bathurst Shopping Centre, at the corner of Bentinck and Howick Sts.
The historical tourist trail, taking about 2 hours, takes in the Black Bull Inn (as above), the original passenger pick-up site, the original booking office site, the Anglican Cathedral, which has a memorial to Rutherford, his first home, the mansion he later built and the cemetery where he lies.
This street scene would have been familiar to passengers with the attractive wrought iron verandahs, probably the high point of Australian architecture in the bush.
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