Deliveries by horse and cart

Delivery cart of Cosgrove & Co, manufacturer of aerated water, Woolloongabba in 1924.

The first forms of transport in the early days of the colony were bullock drays which could haul heavy loads across rough tracks. Pack horses and pack mules were also used. Once settlement increased and roads were formed, horses and waggons took over from the bullocks.

Advertisement for German Grocer Wegener showing horses and carts ready to make deliveries.

For many years local businesses delivered their goods by horse and cart and the sound of the clip clop of horses and the smell of their dung became an important part of daily life. Bread, milk, fruit and vegetables, and many general goods were delivered this way until the early 1970’s, although motorised vans already started make an appearance in the 1920s.