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Around the town

Spirited: Australia's Horse Story

Around the town

Postcard, ‘Sale of Horses, Toowoomba, Queensland’, around 1920.
‘Sale of Horses, Toowoomba, Queensland’, postcard, about 1920. National Museum of Australia.

Many Australian towns grew up where drovers or teamsters stopped to water their horses and stock, or as staging posts on coaching routes.

By 1900 most main streets offered a wide range of horse-related goods and services, including blacksmiths, ironmongers, coachbuilders, saddlers and harness-makers.

There were also feed merchants, tack suppliers, agents for horsedrawn or horse-powered equipment, and mail, passenger and haulage contractors.

Explore some of the stories and objects

 Quail’s saddlery tools
Quail’s saddlery tools

From a saddlery run by three generations of the Quail family in Cooma, New South Wales.
 
 Double Abbott-style buggy
Double Abbott-style buggy

Used around Boorowa, NSW, from the 1870s.
 Model sulky made by Archibald William Hayes
Model sulky

Made by apprentice coachbuilder Archibald William Hayes in 1908.