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Coach - Abbott & Downing, 'Concord' Type, 1867 Object Reg. No: ST 025188

Concord or thorough-brace type coach made by Abbott & Downing, Coach builders of New Hampshire, U.S.A. In the late 1860s. Imported by Harold Clapp & Co. This coach is of the style of vehicle introduced in Australia by Cobb & Co. in the 1850s, but it has no documented direct association with the firm. Donated to the State Library by the Aisbett family, who last used the coach on the Pitfield-Scarsdale route, southwest of Ballarat, in 1924. A previous owner's name, "McPhee & Co. Proprietors", is visible on the side boards of the driver's seat. The coach has seating for the driver & 20 passengers.
Fitted with dual brake levers.
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from State Library of Victoria (SLV), 1935
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 250 cm (Height), 210 cm (Width), 430 cm (Length)
Weight: 800 kg (Weight)

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Tagged with: horsedrawn vehicles, coaches
Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Horse Drawn Vehicles
Tertiary Classification: public coaches
Inscriptions: A serial number is stamped on each axle end, and although obscured by hammering, it appears to read "688" but is thought to be upside down and should actually be "289", as recorded in the Abbott & Downing order books as one of six coaches supplied to F.B. Clapp in Melbourne in 1869.
Maker: Abbott & Downing, Concord, New Hampshire, United States of America, circa 1869
Importer: Mr Francis Clapp, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1869


charlotte kittredge Posted on 26 May 2012 9:46 PM
my 2nd Great grandfather, John Burgum , of Concord, N.H. was the artist that painted all the scenes on the Concord Coaches

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