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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.