Australian English Genealogy

Descendants of John Frederick Cobcroft

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Thomas Henry Jones

1880 Mayor of Morpeth

35. Abel John Cobcroft

Mr. Abel John Cobcroft, one of the pioneer pastoralists of the State, died this afternoon at his residence. Deceased, who was within a few weeks of 96 years, was a native of the Hawkesbury. At one time he held station property in the Moree district, and was one of the oldest sportsmen In the State, racing horses at Homebush and Randwick over half a century ago. For the past 60 years he had lived in East Maitland.
Source: The SMH 19 May 1920

200. Percival Henry Cobcroft

1900 Attested for service in the Bushman's Contingent South Africa

Anne Donohoe

Six years old when she arrived in Australia

Death of an Old Resident.
The death is announced, we sincerley regret to say of Mrs Adam Cobcroft, of Charlton, Bulga, at the age of 67. The deceased was the relict of the late Adam
Cobcroft, who died some 15 years ago. She was a native of County Clare, Ireland, but when she came to this district with her people she was only six years of age, so that she was a very old resident. Mrs Cobcroft, who leaves a grown-up family of three children, died very suddenly on Tuesday night, her end being due to failure of the heart's action. Her remains will be interred in the RC Cemetery, Singleton, this morning.
Source: Singleton Argus 2 Mar 1899

37. Arthur Charles Cobcroft

Mr Arthur Charles Cobcroft, a former resident of Singleton, died at his home at Kempsey during last week. The deceased was born at Wilberforce, near Windsor, on Ootober 26, 1820, and had attained the age of 75 years. Deceased was the son of Mr John Cobcroft, who at one time owned the Charlton estate in this district, while his mother was one of the earliest natives of New South Wales, having been born on the Newington estate, Parramatta River, about the year 1860. When the mother of the deceased was quite a child,  Governor King paid a visit to the settlers in that district, and in issuing compliments, he singled her out for special distinction. About fifteen years ago Mr. Cobcroft left the Hunter River District and settled at Kempsey, where he followed the occupation of a dairy farmer, but he suffered many changes of fortune from the extremes of drought and floods. Some months, ago the deceased suffered from influenza, which left him very weak, but the primary cause of death was senile decay. The late Mr Cobcroft leaves a widow and family of six children, Mr Charles Cobcroft, of St. Clair, being the elder of two sons. The brothers of the deceased are Mr Enoch Cobcroft (Sydney) and Mr Abel Cobroft (East Maitland), while his surviving sisters are Mrs Corkett (Muswellbrook) and Mrs B. Smyth (Singleton).
Source: Singleton Argus 15 Nov 1904

46. Samuel Alfred Blackman


MUDGEE, Thursday.

Mr. Samuel Alfred Blackman, J.P., one of the earliest residents, arriving before the town was surveyed from his birthplace on the Hawkesbury, died last evening at the age of 66. The deceased was well known throughout the colony as the owner of Cooyal station, where he carried on extensively the breeding of thoroughbreds, including Waxy, Sting, Hereford Bay, and other noted performers. He also followed sheep-breeding both at Cooyal and on Talbragar, and was prominently associated with racing clubs in this district. The deceased had been ailing for several months from an internal complaint. He leaves a widow and a family. The funeral to-day was attended by a very large concourse of town and district residents, the deceased being held in general esteem.
Source: The SMH 11 Dec 1896

Tristram Dunstan

Long associated with both Sackville and Windsor churches. Four of Tristram's sons entered the church, one of whom became an arch deacon.

The Late Tristram Dunstan.

"Western Post," (Mudgee), of which Mr A. K. Rodgers, formerly of the Gazette staff, is now editor, has the following reference to the death of the late Mr Dunstan:—

Cicero's philosophy that "A happy old age is the result of a virtuous youth" is truly exemplified in the life of the late Mr Tristram Dunstan, who passed away at Sackville last Friday at the age of 93 years. An Australian-born nonagenarian is rarely met with, yet such was the deceased gentleman. Ninety years in colonial life is a unique record. One has only to remember what rapid and marvellous changes have been wrought in that time, what great advancement has taken place in the business, social, and political conditions of Australia, to realise what a wealth of experience is reaped in a life extending over that period. Such a life, no matter how lowly its grooves, must necessarily be a great influencing factor for good or evil. With the late Mr Dunstan it has been the former. His was a beautiful character, and his longevity was not only a blessing to himself, but an asset to the world in which he lived and moved. His noble traits were characteristic of the worthy family from which he sprang. To the strenuousness of body and mind was added strength of moral character, which made them the admiration of all who knew them, and has preserved the name untarnished and unsullied in succeeding generations. Truly here the dispensation of Providence does not pass the comprehension of man, for the longevity for which the family is noted seems a deserved temporary blessing for virtuous lives. The subject of this notice upheld the splendid traditions of the family in his devotion to his church, and there are records extant of the work in that early Hawkesbury church which bear abundant testimony to Mr Dunstan's meritorious share as an active and useful member. Like his late wife, who died a little over twelve months ago at the age of 87 years, he was a native of Wilberforce, near Windsor. They spent practically all their lives in the Hawkesbury district, and resided for 40 years on the farm where both died. There is no more honored name in the Hawkesbury to-day than that of Dunstan, and it will be revered when the subject which has made it so has long, passed from earthly communion. The piety of the family found practical, expression, for out of five sons four are members of the noblest of all professions, the clergy. They are: Ephraim (Archdeacon, Mudgee), Charles C. (Bondi), Tristram (Warracknabeal, Victoria), and William (Forbes). The other son, David, has resided with his parents at Sackville. The first-mentioned, the Archdeacon of Mudgee, and widely known and revered by the people of this parish, and indeed of the district generally, is eminently possessed of those fine qualities that have made his family name honored in many parts of the Commonwealth, and which have endeared him to his large circle of friends. Archdeacon Howell's wife (of Blayney) is one of the daughters of the late Mr Tristram Dunstan, and the others are: Mrs F. A. Stubbs (Ebenezer), Mrs James Stephenson (Sydney), Jane and Rachel, the last two residing at the home at Sackville. As showing the longevity for which the family are noted, it might be mentioned that the deceased's two sisters—Mrs Mary Ann Everingham and Mrs Charlotte Fleming —died respectively in December, 1907,aged 83, and June, 1908, aged 89. Then Benjamin (83), Wilberforce, and ]ames Dunstan (81), Pitt Town, are the two brothers living.
Sources: Windsor and Richmond Gazette 11 Nov 1909

233. Ephraim Dunstan

Archdeacon - Mudgee

William R Lewis


Monday night.

Tne Body or Mr. William .Lewis, who was drowned in Macdonald's Creek, and was observed to float to its junction with the Cudgegong, where it disappeared during the disastrous floods of April last, was found at Guntawang yesterday. The funeral takes place to-morrow. — Empire.
Source: Evening News 14 Jun 1870