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Cooke, Johanna (1830–1895)

Not only in the Burwood parish, in which she was a familiar figure, but throughout the wide circle of her friends, the death of Miss Johanna Cooke was on Monday received with genuine regret. Miss Cooke, who was a sister of Archdeacon Cooke, formerly of Wellington, and now of San Francisco, came to the colony some 36 years ago. She was for nearly 20 years a member of Mr. P. Freehill's household in St. Patrick's parish, and when Mr. Freehill's daughter married Mr. E. J. Hollingdale twelve years ago Miss Cooke went to live at Burwood, where she remained, always affectionately regarded as 'one of the family.' Some time ago the gentle old soul, who had preserved her health astonishingly well, met with an accident, the effects of which she never wholly threw off. Dr. Clune, who attended her at Mr. Hollingdale' s residence, recommended her removal to the Lewisham hospital, and there lovingly attended by her old friends, the Nursing Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, she passed her last days in a manner which the Sisters describe as most touching and edifying. Her death was a very happy one. On Tuesday the remains were carried from the hospital chapel to the adjoining cemetery, and laid to rest beside the Hollingdale family vault. Four priests attended the burial— the Very Rev. Dr. Murphy, P.P. (Burwood), the Rev. Thomas Long (Petersham), the Rev. Fr. Kirby (Burwood), and the Rev. Fr. Collender. Among the particular private friends of the deceased who assisted in the last tribute were Messrs. E. J. Hollingdale, P. Freehill, F. B. Freehill, J. Baxter, and E. F. Flanagan. A large number of wreaths were sent, and these were placed on the grave of the good woman who had ended a life of great simplicity and great virtue at the age of 65.

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'Cooke, Johanna (1830–1895)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/cooke-johanna-16939/text28821, accessed 27 May 2020.

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