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Arthur Charles Cobcroft (1829–1904)

One by one the old hands are being called to their last resting place, leaving behind their reputations and their memories to serve as examples worthy of imitation by the younger generation. Information reached us on Saturday that Mr. Arthur Charles Cobcroft, a former resident of this town, had died at his home at Kempsey during the week. Deceased, who was a true type of the Hawkesbury native, first saw the light of day at Wilberforce (near Windsor) on October 26, 1829. He had therefore attained his 75th year. He was the son of Mr. John Cobcroft, who at one time owned the well-known Charlton Estate in this district, while his mother was one of the earliest natives of New South Wales, having been born on the Newington Estate, Parramatta River, about the year 1800. When she was quite a child, Governor King paid a visit to the settlers in that district, and in the issue of his compliments he singled her out for special distinction. The subject of this notice, Mr. Arthur Cobcroft lived at Iona, Church Street a residence that he had built for himself. About fifteen years ago he left this district and settled at Kempsey, where he followed the occupation of a dairy farmer, but he suffered many reverses from opposite causes — droughts and floods. About four months ago a severe attack of influenza invalided him, and since then he has been compelled to keep to his room. The primary cause of death was senile decay. Deceased is survived by a widow and a family of six children; Mr. Charlton Cobcroft, of St Clair, being the elder of two sons. Brothers of the deceased are Mr. Enoch Cobcroft (Sydney), and Mr. Abel Cobcroft (East Maitland); while his surviving sisters are Mrs. Corckett (Muswellbrook), and Mrs. B. Smyth (Singleton).

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Additional Resources

  • death notice, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 November 1904, p 6

Citation details

'Cobcroft, Arthur Charles (1829–1904)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 21 July 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


3 November, 1829
Wilberforce, New South Wales, Australia


5 November, 1904 (aged 75)
Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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