Australian English Genealogy

Descendants of Richard Ridge

Notes - 6

147. John Vernon Cobcroft

Mount Druitt

With very great regret we have to record the passing of Mr John Vervon Cobcroft, which occurred at his home, "Kalva," Colyton, at the age of 65 years. The late Mr Cobcroft was born at Scone and was a son of Mr and Mrs E. J. Cobcroft, of that centre. The Cobcroft family was amongst the out standing pioneers of this country. The ancestors of our late much respected friend were among "the first free settlers to reach New South Wales,, arriving some time prior to 1796, during the period when Governor Hunter was here. The voyage out In those far off days took six months. The family came from Yorkshire.
Mr J. V. Cobcroft's great-grand father was a retired army officer .and had a brother who owned a large gun and cutlery business in Sheffield. He died at the age of 95 years. His great grandmother, whose maiden name was Smith, was also a native of Yorkshire, and died at the age of 84 years. His grandfather, John Cobcroft, was born in the Hawkesbury River district on May 15, 1796. His grandmothers maiden name was Mary Yeomans and she was born at Concord, Sydney, where she was married by the late Rev. Fullerton. Shortly after their marriage they moved to the Hunter River district, and acquired an estate of 10,000 acres. There the great-grandfather died some years after a buggy accident. The great-grandmother then reached the great age of 99 years and eight months. Both are burled In the C. of E. Cemetery at Broke.
The family has .been a long-lived one, the late Mr Abel Cobcroft reaching the age of 94 years. The late Mr J. V. Cobcroft's great grandfather's property in the Maitland district was "Charlton," and another station property was "Keepit," in the Tamworth district.
The original Cobcroft's were famous for the cattle they imported from England, principally Durhams. As the original Cobcrofts owned land in New South Wales prior to 1810, they were declared eligible for membership of the Australasian Pioneer Club. This is considered the most exclusive club in Australia.
The late Mr J. V. Cobcroft was educated at Maitland. Later on in life he moved to Samoa with his brother, Mr Alan Cobcroft, where they engaged in the copra trade, owning plantations.  When the first World War broke out deceased enlisted, and reached the rank of Lieutenant. In World War II, he served- as a pay sergeant, whilst his son, John, and daughter, Joan, also served In this war.
Deceased was married in 1924 to Miss Nell Aston, younger daughter of Mr John Aston, a former headmaster of Colyton School, and the late Mrs Aston. The marriage took place at St. John's C. of E., Mt. Druitt, and Rev. O. Q. Dent was the officiating clergyman.
Later Mr and Mrs Cobcroft went to a property at Toongabbie, but some years later returned to Mt. Druitt, and the family has continued to re side there.
For some years our old friend was associated with the firm of Anthony Hordern and Sons, Ltd., and became well known throughout this district. He was a much respected member of the community and his passing has created a blank and left many mourn ing the passing of a good friend and a sterling character.
He leaves a widow, two daughters, Joan (Mrs A. Perkins, Colyton) and Betty (Colyton), and a son, Mr John Cobcroft (Colyton). Other relatives are Mr Alan Cobcroft (Samoa), Mr Brian Cobcroft (manager of the Commercial Bank at Raymond Terrace), and Mr Cecil Cobcroft (Sydney). These are brothers, while Mrs J. K. Cameron (Summer Hill), Mrs C. H. Seton (Earlwood), and Miss Cobcroft (Blackheath) are sisters of deceased. Mr. Ralph Cobcroft, Of North Shore, and Mr Wilfrid Cobcroft, of Nowra, are also brothers.
A private cremation took place at Rookwood. Rev. E. H. Lambert, Rec tor of St. Marys, officiated, and referred especially to the courage and bravery displayed by our old friend in his painful illness.  To all the sorrowing relatives we extend our sympathy In their bereavement.

Source: Nepean Times 2 Dec 1948

Muriel Strickland

BULL-STRICKLAND -July 17, at St Phillip's Church, Sydney, by the Revd. H. T. Langley, William Alexander, eldest son of H T R Bull, of Mosman, to Muriel, only daughter of J R Strickland of Forbes.

Source: The SMH 7 Aug 1907