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Cobcroft, Enoch (1817–1905)

The death is announced of Mr. Enoch Cobcroft, of Charlton, Singleton, and one of the oldest and best known residents in the Hunter River district. During the fifties Mr. Cobcroft was the landlord of the Hunter River Hotel, East Maitland, and it was anticipated by many that the railway to Newcastle would make the old Government township an important centre. Mr. Cobcroft, on that assumption, went largely into building speculations, which did not turn out as profitable as expected. Subsequently he moved to Singleton district, where he purchased the Sunny-side Estate, at Broke, and carried on the breeding of superior horses and cattle there for many years. He also acted for several years as Forest Ranger for this district, but advancing years compelled him to relinquish the public service, although he followed farming pursuits near Singleton until a few years ago, when he removed to Sydney and spent his remaining days with his daughter, Mrs. Moriarty. He had a large family, His son Enoch being Government surveyor in the southern district; one of his daughters married Justice G. B. Simpson, and another daughter married Mr. Moriarty, the barrister. Mr. Cobcroft was an excellent shot, and an allround sportsman. For more than half a century he bred pointer dogs, that were highly valued in the State. Deceased was aged 87 years and eight months.

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'Cobcroft, Enoch (1817–1905)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/cobcroft-enoch-24991/text33510, accessed 20 September 2017.

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