Wild Ride

Wild Ride : The Rise and Fall of Cobb & Co

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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. Wild Ride is the story of the two extraordinary men, James Rutherford and Frank Whitney, who along with their business partners took Cobb's humble company and made it into the Qantas of its day. These were pioneers, carving a path through otherwise impassable terrain, settling unsettled land, enduring bushrangers and terrible accidents, and making their fortunes. The Rutherford and Whitney families became two of the most significant of their era, unrivalled in their influence and, finally, vicious in their falling out.
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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 25mm | 332g
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • 014301109X
  • 9780143011095

About Sam Everingham

Sam Everingham is a sixth-generation Australian and an amateur historian with a passion for Australia's hidden history. His career as a history detective began during school holidays spent exploring Coombing Park, an old convict-built station in rural NSW. Amongst the dust and cobwebs Sam stumbled upon the relics of an incredible horse-powered past; the cracked leather upholstery of once-grand carriages and buggies, old travelling trunks and hundreds of company ledgers stamped indelibly with the words 'Cobb & Co'. Intrigued by memories of his childhood adventures, Sam delved further into the history of Cobb & Co. and spent five years researching an astonishing archive of personal letters, journals, legal files, contemporary periodicals, obscure government and medical records. He also travelled across three states, taking in the old Cobb & Co routes across Victoria, NSW and QLD. Sam lives in Sydney. He has also worked variously as a waiter, barman, tutor, DJ, tour operator, and freelance writer. He has degrees in Science, Psychology and Public Health and for the past fifteen years has been involved as a social researcher consulting to government and commercial organizations on the trends affecting their markets. Wild Ride is his first book.
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