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Meeting dates of Mount Gambier Philatelic Society Inc, South Australia

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Hi everyone,

The name is Michael Grieve. I am the Secretary of The Mount Gambier Philatelic Society Inc. At present I am very busy as secretary for South Australia's Philatelic Congress which is being held in our beautifully refurbished City Hall in Commercial St Mount Gambier on the 13 th and 14 th October.

We have received sponsorship from the Mount Gambier City Council and will be commemorating 140 years since Caleb Fiddler was postmaster of Mount Gambier. Fiddler and Webb is the oldest retail store in Mount Gambier still trading and has also donated a prize. We will be opening the exhibition, which consists of a State level exhibition and Congress level exhibits, on each day at 10:30 am and closing on Saturday at 5:00 pm and Sunday at 4:00 pm.

We have some excellent caterers and the setting overlooking the Cave Gardens is quite enchanting. We have had to limit the numbers of dealers to 3, Gary Watson - Prestige Philately, Andrew Ballis- Cover Connection and our good friend, Mike Kovaleff from Victor Harbour.

On the Saturday night, we are hosting a dinner at the Commodore Motel and the cost is a reasonable $32 per head with quite a choice of meals. The speaker is the inimitable Gary Watson. We produced a souvenir booklet but these have sold out.

We have mystery envelopes and are running raffles with excellent prizes. If you would like to know more you can e/mail me at mspg2 [at] bigpond.com or PO Box 2261 Mount Gambier 5290 SA

Thanks Michael.
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Welcome Michael,

I moved this introduction to your club here as it is the most appropriate forum.

Please introduce yourself to the other members in the Roll Call Forum by clicking the last number showing (that's the active one) then posting.

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Hi,

Just updating the clubs details;

We still meet at the Reidy Park Centre
O'Halloran Tce Mount Gambier
3rd Tuesday of the month at 8pm

Please address any correspondence to the

Secretary
Box 2261
Mount Gambier
South Australia, 5290
or by email
[email protected]

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Hi
On the 29th Nov 2022 we celebrated 175 years of the first Post Office in Mount Gambier with a display at the local library. The society produced a limited edition postcard with a P-stamp image of Paddy the first Postmaster. There are a few postcards left at $6 + postage if anyone is interested.
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This years syllabus
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100 YEARS COBB & Co YULEBA to SURAT QUEENSLAND 1924 - 2024

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To commemorate 100 years since the regular Cobb & Co service between Yuleba Surat stopped, a replica Cobb & Co coach will be embarking on a 4 day trip from Mil Lel to Penola in the lower South East of Sth Aust.

Starting on the 8th April 2024 and driven by owner Rob Fairchild the coach will be stopping at the local primary schools along the way.

It won't be just be a step back in time from the transport perspective, but it will be an insight into historical postal trends with the Mount Gambier Philatelic Society producing postcards to commemorate the event.

A week before the event, pre-stamped postcards will be handed out to the school children, with the children penning a few words on the cards which will be posted back to them from Penola once the coach arrives.

Many of the kids would never have even received a letter or postcard in the mail and many would never have written a letter so it should be fun.
Cobb & Co 100 years last coach service Surat to Yulebe, PPC front
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D.L.O. wrote: 05 Feb 2024 08:48
A week before the event, pre-stamped postcards will be handed out to the school children, with the children penning a few words on the cards which will be posted back to them from Penola once the coach arrives.

Many of the kids would never have even received a letter or postcard in the mail and many would never have written a letter so it should be fun.

What a brilliant idea. :)

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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-14/mail-run-marks-100th- ... /103689394


This Cobb and Co re-enactment run was a long piece on ABC National 7pm news here in Sydney and no doubt nationally - including the young kids at Mil Lel Primary School holding their special postcards with the special personalised stamps. as one of the kids said - they'd never before sent a letter or postcard!

Great work by the Mt. Gambier Philatelic Society. :D

The ABC weblink to the story is above.

I went to school in Mt. Gambier and they have a very plugged in Club down there. :mrgreen:




Cobb & Co commemorative mail coach run marks 100th anniversary of last great trip

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A stagecoach with a team of five horses in front of an historic stone building once used as a mail depot
Rob Fairchild and his contingent arrive at the Cobb & Co booking office in Penola on Thursday.(ABC South East SA: Eugene Boisvert)

It's around four hours' drive to Adelaide from the south-east rural township of Penola.

One hundred years ago it was a journey that took five days by horse-drawn carriage.

Mail travels today by air and truck, but in the 19th century the post came by stagecoach with a five-horse team, prevailing over rough country, beaten tracks, and bushrangers.

It's been a century since the last Cobb & Co mail coaches ran in Australia, but this week a commemorative stagecoach journey marked the milestone by recreating one of the company's famed journeys.
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A horse drawn stagecoach stopped in a flooded river black and white

A 1890s Cobb & Co coach crossing the Flinders River at Gillespie Crossing, one of the main crossings in the region at the time.(Supplied: Flinders Shire Historical Photograph Project)

Rob Fairchild and his team of five heavy horses along with his family, volunteers, and fellow carriage drivers journeyed from Mount Gambier's Mil-Lel to Penola, home of an historic Cobb & Co Booking Office, notching up 100 kilometres and sharing the adventure with locals and hundreds of delighted school children.

"Planning for the adventure began in October last year," Mr Fairchild said.

"I knew it was the centenary of the last mail run this year and wanted to do something locally to celebrate it because Cobb & Co was integral to the Melbourne-Adelaide mail service and this part of south-eastern South Australia.

"Even today, there's still a number of historic Cobb & Co sites around the region. We wanted to bring that history to life again."

On the trail of Cobb & Co

primary school students raise their hands to ask questions of a stagecoach driver with five horses

School students at Mary MacKillop Memorial School listen to stories of Cobb & Co from Rob Fairchild of Mil-Lel.(ABC South East SA: Eugene Boisvert)

The commemorative journey began in Mil-Lel on Monday, visiting schools and historic sites at Wandilo, Glencoe, Kalangadoo, and Penola over its four days.

The procession, which included local harness and carriage-driving enthusiasts in their pony carts, also visited the historic Yallum Park Homestead outside Penola for a tour and overnight camp.

Mr Fairchild said sharing the history of the mail run and its importance to the region has been a highlight for his crew and local school children along the way.

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Mil-Lel Primary School students Ayla, Ruban, and Sophie look at postcards they sent on the Cobb & Co re-enactment mail run.(ABC South East SA: Eugene Boisvert)

"We've been to five schools, and the children and teachers have really enjoyed being part of our journey," he said.

"We had the idea of getting the children to write postcards and mail them on the 'Rob & Co' Cobb & Co coach, which they just loved.

"These days a lot of young people use FaceTime and mobile phones to connect with relatives and even grandparents, so sending and receiving a letter in the mail is quite special.

"It takes them back to the way things were done."

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Children on a stagecoach with horses

Students from Mil-Lel Primary School have a look at the horses and stagecoach for the mail run.(ABC South East SA: Eugene Boisvert)

The Mount Gambier philatelic society even came up with a design that featured an old Cobb & Co coach on the face of a postcard, with a map of the journey and a special, legal stamp depicting Mr Fairchild's stagecoach and horses.
Journey of a lifetime for locals

Running a carriage driving business from his Kentucky Downs property at Mil-Lel, Mr Fairchild and his horses are a familiar and beloved sight around the south-east, regularly attending festivals, events, and offering carriage rides at weddings and private functions.

But he said the memories of this particular journey will stay with him for a long time.

"We've camped along the way, sat around the fire and shared stories, recited poetry and songs," he said.

"My wife Judith has been instrumental, and my daughters have helped. To harness up five horses each morning takes a considerable amount of time and effort.

"We've had a lot of volunteers along the way and it's just been a wonderful week."

A man with a long white beard sits aboard a maroon stagecoach with a crop

The commemorative mail run drew history buffs from as far as Mansfield in Victoria.(ABC South East SA: Eugene Boisvert)

Mr Fairchild chose five horses — "the traditional Cobb & Co hitch" — to pull his replica stagecoach, which was built in the 1980s and is an all steel model compared to the wooden coaches of Cobb & Co.

"Our team is a little heavier than they used, but we have two Percheron crosses, two Clydesdale crosses, and a purebred Clydesdale who've jogged along at about 13 kilometres an hour over the 100km in the four-day journey."

Mr Fairchild said although he had "a pretty good knowledge of Cobb & Co", researching more about the historic company has been eye opening.

"I knew a fair bit about the history of it from my own interest, but because I've been doing talks to school children I wanted to share some more stories with them — and I've learned a lot that's amazed me," he said.

"The sheer size of the operation is quite astounding. Cobb & Co harnessed up 6,000 horses a day in its heyday."

He said the company — "which was a bit like a franchise in a lot of ways" — spread into New Zealand, South Africa, and Japan, where the name Cobb & Co was used in a number of different businesses.

"In Western Australia, Cobb & Co was owned by Sir Sidney Kidman and his brother. Sidney supplied the horses and his brother ran the operation," Mr Fairchild said.

100km journey through Cobb & Co country

The commemorative mail run culminated in Penola on Thursday afternoon, with visits to the town's two schools, the heritage-listed Cobb & Co booking office, and Pinchunga Aged Care home.

"It's been wonderful to hear from some of the senior members of our region talk about their memories and family connections to Cobb & Co," Mr Fairchild said.

"I get a kick out of their reminiscences and the stories they like to tell when they see the horses and when they smell the horses. It's amazing what triggers their memories."

"And for the school children, when they ride their bikes past Cobb & Co in Penola, I think it may just make this part of our history more meaningful and tangible to them."

Mil-Lel Primary School student Sophie Paltridge said it was good to see the horses up close.

But she said she preferred the transport systems of today.

"It would be bad for the driver because on a rainy day they would get really wet and the horses would get tired. They would probably need to stop or something to have food," she said.

"I don't think it would be good to go back then because now all cars drive a lot faster and you can get to Adelaide a lot quicker. And they've got a roof."
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Three children wearing 1800s outfits standing in front of horses

Phoebe, 12, Dean, 7, and Arya, 10, from Nairne dressed up for the mail run.(ABC South East SA: Eugene Boisvert)

Phoebe Woods dressed up for a carriage ride with her siblings Dean and Arya, who all do homeschooling in the Adelaide Hills.

"We thought it would be really fun to come here and go on the carriage," Ms Woods said.

Cobb & Co centenary celebrations continue on August 16-25, with the Cobb & Co Festival held between Surat and Yuleba in Queensland.
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