Conboy Carriage Co. Ltd. - 1860s- 1920s - Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Known builder of composite bodies on Hudson and Rolls-Royce chassis. Also built production bodies for McLaughlin Buick.


Canadian Automotive Trade May 1932 stated that C. E. McTavish the new Sales Manager of General Motors of Canada, was born in Flesherton. "Mr. McTavish has been in transportation all his life, his father building carriages in Flesherton in the early days. His first contact with the automobile industry was during his work with the CONBOY CARRIAGE COMPANY when they built many of the first bodies for McLaughlin-Buicks on the introduction of that car in Canada". Flesherton is today a pretty village in the municipality of Grey Highlands, south central Ontario, roughly 70 miles north of Toronto. Prior to municipal restructuring, the area around Flesherton was known as Artemesia township, and was once described by the then Government of the Dominion of Canada as a "veritable garden of Eden" in its solicitation for emigrants to settle in this area. With the promise of 50 acres free, and 50 acres for 50¢ per acre, European settlers began arriving in the mid 1850s. By 1861 Artemesia had a population of 2,575. One of the first settlers was William K. Flesher who started a grist and saw mill on the Boyne River at what was then called Artemesia Corners, but which was re-named in his honour Flesher's corners, later Flesherton. He became Reeve of Artemesia, Warden of Grey County and, in 1872, Member of Parliament.


No evidence has yet been found for where the Conboy Company were based…it is unlikely that they were in Flesherton according to the local history society.


Caleb Shier b. 07/02/1838 Single d. 02/15/1911
buried: St. John's Cemetery, Brock
Was merchant in Wick, Ontario at Mount Albert, Ont.
and at Uxbridge, Ont. Later he was traveler for the Conboy Carriage Co. of Toronto. with Residence in Toronto



For more information please read:

Beverly Rae Kimes - The Classic Car

Beverly Rae Kimes - The Classic Era

Beverly Rae Kimes - Packard: A History of the Motorcar and Company

Beverly Rae Kimes & Henry Austin Clark Jr. - Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942

Richard Burns Carson - The Olympian Cars

Raymond A. Katzell - The Splendid Stutz

Marc Ralston - Pierce Arrow

Brooks T. Brierley - There Is No Mistaking a Pierce Arrow

Brooks T. Brierley - Auburn, Reo, Franklin and Pierce-Arrow Versus Cadillac, Chrysler, Lincoln and Packard

Brooks T. Brierley - Magic Motors 1930

Nick Georgano - The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile: Coachbuilding

John Gunnell - Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1946-1975

James M. Flammang & Ron Kowalke - Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1976-1999

Daniel D. Hutchins - Wheels Across America: Carriage Art & Craftsmanship

Marian Suman-Hreblay - Dictionary of World Coachbuilders and Car Stylists

Michael Lamm and Dave Holls - A Century of Automotive Style: 100 Years of American Car Design

Thomas E. Bonsall - The Lincoln Motorcar: Sixty Years of Excellence

Fred Roe - Duesenberg: The Pursuit of Perfection

Arthur W. Soutter - The American Rolls-Royce

John Webb De Campi - Rolls-Royce in America

Hugo Pfau - The Custom Body Era

Hugo Pfau - The Coachbult Packard

Griffith Borgeson - Cord: His Empire His Motor Cars

Don Butler - Auburn Cord Duesenberg

George H. Dammann - 90 Years of Ford

George H. Dammann & James K. Wagner - The Cars of Lincoln-Mercury

Thomas A. MacPherson - The Dodge Story

F. Donald Butler - Plymouth-Desoto Story

Fred Crismon - International Trucks

George H. Dammann - Seventy Years of Chrysler

Walter M.P. McCall - 80 Years of Cadillac LaSalle

Maurice D. Hendry - Cadillac, Standard of the World: The complete seventy-year history

George H. Dammann & James A. Wren - Packard

Dennis Casteele - The Cars of Oldsmobile

Terry B. Dunham & Lawrence R. Gustin - Buick: A Complete History

George H. Dammann - Seventy Years of Buick

George H. Dammann - 75 Years of Chevrolet

John Gunnell - Seventy-Five Years of Pontiac-Oakland


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