Terrors Creek Taxi 1908

Terrors Creek Taxi 1908

Postcard from Dick O’Neill to fiance

On 29th December 1908 Dick O’Neill sent this photograph to his girlfriend May Morey saying “…What do you think of Terrors Creek in this picture. The mail coach is just leaving for Nth Pine. You will see the different places marked…X the bungalow…”
The “bungalow” was originally the Terrors Creek Creamery opened in 1897. This building was extended in later years and became the Dayboro Butter Factory office. It is the oldest building in Dayboro on its original site and is now occupied by Grate Life Café.
The proprietor of the daily mail coach to North Pine (Petrie) at the time was William Henry Charles Battershill who ran it from 1908 until 1919 when Hugh Hamilton Jnr. took over the mail and passenger contract and was making the trip twice daily by motor coach. He had purchased a motor coach capable of carrying upwards of 20 passengers.
On 3rd September 1902 James Farrell had become the licensee of the Crown Hotel. He started a coach service, known as the Royal Mail, from Terrors Creek to North Pine Railway Station three times a week. Prior to that the mail was delivered to Terrors Creek on horseback.
Dick O’Neill and May Morey married on 8th March 1911.