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McKenzie, John (Jack) (1891–1953)

The death of Mr. John (Jack) McKenzie of Bostock's Creek, in his 63rd year will be regretted by a very large number of friends from all parts of the Western District. He was a highly honored and respected member of the community.

Born at Newfield, Mr. McKenzie was the second son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jim McKenzie, a pioneer family of that district. They came to reside in Cobden 51 years ago, Mr. McKenzie, snr. being a councillor of the Heytesbury Shire for many years. The McKenzie family lived on the farming property on the old Port Campbell road, now known as Holloway's, and their family grew up in Cobden. Later the parents lived in retirement in Camperdown.

Mr. John McKenzie had not enjoyed good health for the past three years, but only on the Tuesday before his death on September 20 did he become a patient in the Caulfield Repatriation Hospital. His death came as a great shock to the community.

He enlisted for active service, from Cobden, in World War I, serving for two years in France where he was awarded the Military Medal. He was with the 46th Battalion. When he returned from the war, he purchased the property known as "Maxwelton," at Bostock's Creek, and he resided there until his death. He married Miss Muriel Grayland, of Cobden, shortly after taking over the property. Keenly interested in sport. Mr. McKenzie was a member of the Cobden Turf Club, and also followed football and other sports. He was was a member of the Bostock's Creek School Committee and Bostock's Creek Hall Committee giving and helping them over a very long period. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, a member of Cobden R.S.L., a Freemason and a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge. To his widow and family, Ken (Bostock's Creek), Betty (Mrs. Creece, Bostock's Creek), Joyce (Mrs. L. Morehouse, Cobden), and Jean (Bostock's Creek) and nine grandchildren sincerest sympathy will be extended in their loss of a devoted husband and father. Brothers and sisters, all of whom were former residents of Cobden, are Hannah (Mrs. Eastick, Melbourne), Elizabeth (Mrs. Simper, Geelong), Hugh (deceased), Annie (Mrs Mould, deceased), Trixie (Mrs. Isbel, Melbourne), Nancy (Mrs. L. Croft, Melbourne), James (Tooradin), Dick (Geelong), Effie (Sydney), William (Melbourne), Mollie (Mrs. McPherson, deceased).

A service was conducted at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Cobden, on Tuesday, September 22, prior to the funeral leaving for the Cobden cemetery, the Rev. H. G. Ford officiating at the service and at the graveside. The cortege was a very lengthy one and there were many floral tributes including those from the Cobden R.S.L. Cobden Bowling Club and Cobden Masonic Lodge. The Masonic service was read by Mr. G. Wiltshire and the R.S.L. service by Mr. W. Currell.

Coffin-bearers were Messrs. Russell Croft, Len Grayland (nephews). W. McKenzie (brother). L. Morehouse (son in-law). The pall, which was the Union Jack, was support ed by Messrs. G. Flaherty, Jack Pekin. Cyril Bateman, C. Rippon, J. Hill, R. Robilliard, S. Richards and Dr. A. H Barrett,

Mr. W. Roberts was in charge of the mortuary arrangements.

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'McKenzie, John (Jack) (1891–1953)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/mckenzie-john-jack-14699/text25834, accessed 26 August 2019.

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