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Cobcroft, Enoch John (1847–1937)

Mr. Enoch John Cobcroft, a member of one of Australia's pioneer families, died at his home in Seaview Street, Summer Hill, yesterday, at the age of 90 years.

Mr. Cobcroft was actively engaged in the pastoral industry for many years, mainly in the Hunter Valley and in the Moree district, where he owned station properties. He later continued his association with the land as chairman of the Closer Settlement Advisory Board, which position he occupied for 10 years, until his retirement in 1916.

Mr. Cobcroft was born in 1847, and educated in Macquarie Fields, Parramatta, now known as The King's School. After a short training in commercial methods, he took over the management of his father's stud farm, Sunnyside Estate, on the Hunter River. Later he secured interests in Keepit Station and Charlton Estate, in the Hunter Valley, and Combardelo Station, at Moree, and carried on sheep and cattle raising.

At the age of 27 years, he joined the Lands Department, and shortly afterwards was appointed District Surveyor for Bourke and the Western Lands Division, and later District Surveyor for Wagga. The wide experience gained in these positions led to his appointment as chairman of the Closer Settlement Advisory Board.

The funeral will leave for the Rookwood Crematorium to-day, after a service at St. Andrew's Church of England, Summer Hill.

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