Australian English Genealogy

Descendants of John Frederick Cobcroft

Notes - Page 6

James William Farlow

Mr. James W. Farlow, J.P., of Freeman's Reach, a well-known agriculturist and breeder of draught and trotting stock, died on Monday.  He has left a widow and 10 children.

Source: Australian Town and Country Journal 27 Sep 1905

79. George Thomas Robinson

1860 - Stock and land salesman (T.G. Robinson & Co)

Established a tannery

1865 - Became the first Australian born Mayor of Toowoomba.

Along with a German man, planted the Norfolk Island pines at Clifford Park racecourse.

Bernard Rudkin Burgess

Fatal Cab Accident. - Yesterday Mr. Shiell, the City Coroner, held an inquest at his office, Hyde Park, on the body of Bernard Rudkin Burgess, who died in the Infirmary on Sunday last from injuries received on the previous day through being knocked down by a cab in Oxford-street. The deceased was about 27 years of age, a native of King's County, Ireland, and was in the employ of the Survey Department as a draughtsman, and has left a widow and one child living in John-street, Woollahra. It appeared that on Saturday afternoon, while Oxford-street was crowded with vehicles returning from the Randwick races, the deceased was endeavouring to cross the street in front of an omnibus, and just as he had cleared the horses a cab suddenly came up and knocked him down ; he fell in front of one of the wheels, which must have passed over his body ; he was taken up and conveyed to the Sydney Infirmary, where, as already stated, he died on the following day. The evidence of Alfred Leith Park, who was being driven in the cab at the time, showed that no blame was attached to the driver, who was driving at a moderate pace, and the occurrence was so sudden that no time was given either to stop the horse or warn the deceased. Dr. Marsden, resident medical officer at the Infirmary, said that when the deceased was brought to the institution he was unconscious, and remained in that condition to the time of his death ; no external mark of violence was observable on the body, but a post-mortem examination showed severe internal injuries, including a fracture of the base of the skull, and this was the cause of death. The jury returned a verdict of death from injuries accidentally received.

Source: The SMH 11 Spr 1877

George Bowen Simpson


93. Enoch John Cobcroft

Mr. Enoch John Cobcroft, a member of one of Australia's pioneer families, died at his home in Seaview Street, Summer Hill, yesterday, at the age of 90 years. Mr. Cobcroft was actively engaged in the pastoral Industry for many years, mainly in the Hunter Valley and in the Moree district, where he owned station properties. He later continued his association with the land as chairman of the Closer Settlement Advisory Board, which position he occupied for 10 years, until his retirement in 1916. Mr. Cobcroft was born in 1847, and educated in Macquarie Fields, Parramatta, now known as The King's School. After a short training in commercial methods, he took over the management of his father's stud farm, Sunnyside Estate, on the Hunter River. Later he secured interests in Keepit Station and Charlton Estate, in the Hunter Valley, and Combardelo Station, at Moree, and carried on sheep and cattle raising. At the age of 27 years, he joined the Lands Department, and shortly afterwards was appointed District Surveyor for Bourke and the Western Lands Division, and later District Surveyor for Wagga. The wide experience gained in these positions led to his appointment as chairman of the Closer Settlement Advisory Board. The funeral will leave for the Rookwood Crematorium to-day, after a service at St. Andrew's Church of England, Summer Hill.

Source: The SMH 28 Dec 1937

407. Millicent Stewart Cobcroft

Sister Millicent Steuart Cobcroft, who died on Saturday at the Summer Hill residence of her father (Mr. Enoch J. Cobcroft, late chairman of the Closer Settlement Advisory Board), was born at Sunnyside station, in the Singleton district. After leaving school, she entered the Coast Hospital, and, after passing her examinations with honours, became one of the leading nurses of Sydney. She enlisted early in the war, and served in the 14th Australian General Hospital at Abassia. The officer commanding the British hospital there applied for assistance from the Australian hospital, and Sister Cobcroft was placed in control of a ward. Trying conditions there undoubtedly undermined her health. On returning to Sydney she did not resume nursing. She did much gratuitous work among the poor. She was proud of her ancestry, which on her mother's side traced back to the Stuart Kings. The late Lady Simpson was her aunt. The remains were interred in the Church of England portion of the Rookwood Cemetery on Monday.
Source: The SMH 26 Jul 1933

416. Geoffrey Stewart Cobcroft

Geoffrey Sidney Cobcroft, aged 28, chemist, of Taree, was fatally injured, and Len Carroll, teller at the Taree branch of the National Bank, suffered severe shock when the motor car in which they were journeying to Wingham overturned near the golf links on Monday. Cobcroft's neck was broken. Carroll was driving. At the spot there is a ledge with potholes. On Saturday night, it is stated, Cobcroft was involved in a motor car accident at Jones' Island. A brother was killed whilst participating in a motor cycle race at an Eight-hour sports meeting in Sydney two years ago. A sad feature is that when the last inquest was held at Taree into the death of a man who was killed at the railway bridge at Killawarra, Cobcroft kindly attended and typed the deposition, in order to oblige the Coroner. Cobcroft'a parents reside at Dulwich Hill.
Source: Singleton Argus 17 Feb 1932

417. Maurice Stewart Cobcroft


Late 'Moey' Cobcroft A MOST likeable lad went west when speedster Maurice Stewart Cobcroft— known far and wide as 'Moey'— skidded at the Eight  hour Sports and died later from injuries received. Youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. E J. Cobcroft, of Prospect Hall, Summer Hill, he won his first important race when he nicked ud the Back to Penrith Handicap five years ago. Spills and bad luck followed, but he fought back, and when he returned to the winning list thousands of 'petrol fans' were happy, tor 'Moey' always rode in dare-devil style, wore a winning smile, and never complained His funeral was largely attended. The casket was covered with flowers, and six prominent racing riders rode in the cortege.
Source: Truth 12 Oct 1930

96. Mary Louisa Cobcroft

Mary and Edwin departed for San Francisco two weeks after their marriage.

There has just passed to rest Mrs Doubleday, who many years ago, before the fact was generally recognised, understood the value of proper employment for blind girls, and who devoted many hours of each week for a great number of years to teaching needlework to the girls in the Blind institution, Darlington. This she did gratuitously and even in many instances she provided the wools, silk, and thread with which they worked. All those who visited the asylum and took an interest In the blind children will remember the "daisy" cushions nnd mats, the pretty crochet edgings, and the beautiful plain needle work which was the pride of the children to exhibit on their annual prize day, and in some cases to sell to visitors, who bought the articles to show others what the blind could accomplish. We are apt to look upon macrame string work as out of date, and perhaps this is the case, but like many other forms of fancywork, it had its vogue, and made useful bags and handsome mantel drapes. Mrs Doubleday taught the children this, and many other more obsolete kinds of needlework, but the thought that ran through all her efforts was to keep the young afflicted girls usefully employed, and therefore, happy and contented. Although it is some years since she gave up her labour of love through old age (being 83 at the time of her death), there are many now grown women who owe a deep debt of gratitude to this benevolent and philanthropic lady, who conceived the true idea of charity and carried it out to help others to help themselves. M S
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald 11 Feb 1919