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Along the road

Cobb and Co. stagecoach outside the post office at Adavale, Queensland, 1907.
Cobb and Co. stagecoach outside the post office at Adavale, Queensland, 1907. State Library of Queensland.

As colonial settlement expanded inland, rough tracks were built between towns, ports and remote pastoral stations.

At first most people walked or relied on bullocks to pull their loads, but as roads improved they increasingly used horses to ride, pull passenger vehicles and haul heavy goods.

While horses were expensive to buy and keep, they were faster, enabling trade to flourish, people to visit and communicate with each other, and the long arm of the law to reach across the continent.

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