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Cohen, Annie (1861–1939)

After a short illness Mrs Montague [Annie] Cohen of Melbourne Mansions, mother of Colonel Harold Cohen, MLA, died yesterday.

Mrs Cohen had been a staunch friend of many charitable organisations, both of Hebrew and other denominations, for many years. She had been connected with the work of the Berry street Foundling Home for 42 years and this was perhaps her favourite charity.

She was appointed to the committee of the Berry street home in 1897 and became honorary treasurer in 1899 a position she held until 1912. From 1913 until 1920 she was a vice president and from 1920 until her death president.

She worked consistently and in many ways for the home. She formed several sewing circles to work for the home and was herself responsible for the knitting of hundreds of garments for the babies every year.

Mrs Cohen and the late Mr Cohen celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1931. In 1934 after her husband's death Mrs Cohen gave the Berry street home an endowment gift of £1000 in his memory. She also gave three cots for premature babies to the Tandara Training Hospital which is connected with the Foundling Home.

Some years ago the old home of the Cohen family at Beaconsfield was purchased by the committee of the foundling home for a country home and quite recently Mrs Cohen built a new room at this home for young mothers and babies.

Mrs Cohen also worked for the Hebrew Ladies Benevolent Society and the Queen's Fund.

Colonel Cohen is in England.

The funeral arrangements for which are in the hands of W. G. Apps and Sons Pty Ltd St Kilda will leave Colonel Cohen's home in Kooyong road Caulfield to day at 2.30 pm for the Melbourne General Cemetery.

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'Cohen, Annie (1861–1939)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/cohen-annie-20741/text31521, accessed 25 April 2019.

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