Old Coach Road north of Eucla

Submitted: Monday, May 10, 2010 at 09:15
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Hi,
Does anybody know the history behind the old coach road that is marked on maps north of Eucla? We have just travelled part of it from east of the WA border to the road to forest and was interested in how it got its name. Surely they never ran coaches out there!
Thanks
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Reply By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Monday, May 10, 2010 at 09:37

Monday, May 10, 2010 at 09:37
Nice run through there. We came across it by mistake about 10 years ago (code for taking a wrong turn) and enjoyed it. Not sure about the history though but interested to hear what the history is. Cheers
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Reply By: Member - mazcan - Monday, May 10, 2010 at 17:20

Monday, May 10, 2010 at 17:20
hi whitey 1
that may well relate to the horse drawn coach erra
of days gone by
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Follow Up By: Member - mazcan - Monday, May 10, 2010 at 17:24

Monday, May 10, 2010 at 17:24
hi
forgot to say my great grand parents came accross the nullabour in a 4 wheel horse drawn buggy in the very early 1900's
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Reply By: Member - Phil B (WA) - Monday, May 10, 2010 at 20:55

Monday, May 10, 2010 at 20:55
Hi Whitety1

There wasn't any old coach road in this area. By coach road I mean Cobb and Co style coaches.

You may however be referring to a track used frequently by what have been called the Overlanders. These people travelled back and forth across the Nullabor in the late 1890s and early 1900s. They included Afghan teamsters bringing goods across from the east.

I believe a book is being written and will be published in the next 12 months by Hesperian Press about this very subject – The Overlanders.

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Phil
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