Wildride: The Rise and Fall of Cobb & Co
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ISBN: 9780143011095Format: SoftcoverPages: 308Country of Origin: AustraliaAge Group: AdultSize: 15 x 23
in 1853, a young American arrived in the new colony of Victoria hoping to make his fortune from the world's greatest gold rush.He soon realised that the real money was to be made from the miners' need to travel from the fields where they found their gold to the towns where they spent it, and established a coach company that would literally carry his name into every household in the land: Cobb & Co.
But Freeman Cobb himself was long gone by the time the company bearing his name became an Australian legend. Wildride is the story of the two extraordinary men, James Rutherfor and Frank Whitney, who along with their business partners took Cobb's humble company and made it into the Qantas of the day, dominating transport and communication for Castlemaine to Cooktown, and owning much of the land in between.
These were pioneers, carving a path trhough otherwise impassable terrain, settling unsettled land, enduring bushrangers and terrible accidents, and making their fortunes. The Rutherford and Witney families became two of the most significant men of their era, unrivalled in their influence and, finally, vicious in their falling out.
Written with unprecedented access to these familites' letters and diaries, Wildride reveals the Cobb & Co story in all its drama, conflict and tragedy. It is the compelling and human story of Australia's first great company and the people who made it an icon.