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Francis Edward Cobbold (1853–1935)

The pastoral industry lost another of its leading members on Saturday morning, when Mr. Francis Edward Cobbold died at his home, Tylehurst, Fulham Avenue, South Yarra, aged 82 years. Born in Suffolk, England, in 1853, Mr. Cobbold came to Australia as a youth. For two years he was a trader in Fiji, and he then returned to the Commonwealth to obtain experience in the pastoral industry, which made a great appeal to his imagination. The late Mr. Nicholas Sadlier, of Albermarne, on the Darling, gave him his early experience, and he then went to Queensland as manager of properties in the Gulf country. Eventually he entered into partnership with Messrs. O'Brien, Steel, and Hunt at Carpentaria Downs, where he lived for many years, Oakland, Miranda Downs, Lilydale, Authoringa, and Forest Home. Subsequently he sold his interests in the cattle properties and joined the late Mr. Patrick O'Brien in Langlo Downs, Listowel Downs, and Mitchell Downs. He owned many other properties.

Like many pastoralists, Mr. Cobbold was keenly interested in racing, and many horses carried his colours, including Conquistador, a first-class performer in Queensland, Danilo, Taras, and Villius.

He is survived by his widow.

The funeral took place at the Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, the Rev. L. Townsend officiating at a brief service at the house and at the graveside. The chief mourners were Mr. Cobbold's nephews — Messrs. William and Walter Cain, A. C. Dickson, and Douglas.

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