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Description

Rare travel poster of the area between Sydney and Twofold Bay, promoting the Balmain Bros. (Bega) Ltd., with the publication mark of J.H. Enemark Ltd., Litho. Sydney at the bottom left.

The map illustrates a coastal motor route between Sydney and Twofold Bay, with a road west from Bega to Nimmitabel and then on to Cooma and various tourist points beyond, A more direct route by rail vian Queenbeyan to Cooma is shown, with a connection toward Canberra.

The pictorial vignettes illustrate winter sports and fishing scenes on the route to Mt. Kosciusko and Mt. Townsend.

Balmain Brothers was a motor service, founded by William and Arthur Balmain in 1909 in competition with the stage coach. In 1910, they bought the Lyceum Hall in the Bega Valley and converted it into a workshop and garage. Balmain Brothers ran the first motor mail and passenger service from Bega to Tathra and also ran to Cooma. The firm sold Fiats & Fords before 1926 and later acquired a General Motors franchise.

The map is dated based upon the National Library of Australia's on line entry.

Rarity

We locate only the example in the National Library of Australia.