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Landau known as 'The Ranken Coach'

Object type
Horse drawn coaches

Object number

Wooden horse-drawn coach, painted black, with four wheels and mudguards. Hinged doors to left and right, and fold-out steps. Interior with padded, leather-covered bench seats facing front and back. Coachman's seat mounted exterior, front.

Collection name
Royal Australian Historical Society collection no. 1

Collection statement of significance
The 'Royal Australian Historical Society collection no. 1' consists of a Cobb & Company (?) 'Concord' coach (including swingle trees, travelling trunk and supporting archival documents) which was used to transport mail and passengers across the Liverpool plains during the 1880s. This collection also includes an early nineteenth-century landau known as the 'Ranken Coach', which was first owned by George Ranken, a prosperous Scot who settled in Bathurst during the 1820s. It is believed to be one of the oldest surviving horsedrawn vehicles in Australia.

This collection demonstrates the important role horse-drawn vehicles played in Australia's transport and communications history. As representative of both prestigious vehicles used for recreation and as a reflection of status as well as the vital role played by coaches in establishing communication systems across the country, these rare examples offer significant research potential in an examination of nineteenth-century transport, engineering and society.

Place made

Date made
- 1821

Mr George Ranken
Imported the coach for his personal use

Mr Sebastian Hodge
Undertaker who acquired the coach from Ranken in 1861

Mr W S. Hodge
Undertaker who acquired the coach in the 1880s and used it for forty years

Royal Australian Historical Society
Acquired the coach in the 1925

Place of use
Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

Associated place

Period of use
1821 - 1980

Wood, Leather, Iron

Length: 3970mm
Width: 1810mm
Height: 2080mm

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