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John Benjamin Cobcroft (1848–1943)

There passed away at the Hawkesbury District Hospital on Thursday of last week, one of Wilberforce's old and widely-esteemed identities, Mr. John Benjamin Cobcroft, aged 95 years. Born at Colo, in 1848, he came to Wilberforce at the age of eight, residing there for the remainder of his long life, following farming pursuits, and recognised as a good honest, hard worker. Being possessed of a wonderful memory, the late Mr. Cobcroft could recount the early events of the district with marvellous accuracy—especially those big floods which occurred so frequently in his young days. The subject of this notice was a single man, son of one of the oldest pioneering families of this country, his parents being the late George and Maria Cobcroft. One of a large family of nine girls and four boys, he is survived by one sister, Mrs Kate Farlow, of Freeman's Reach, and numerous nephews and nieces, by whom, with his host of old district friends, he will be sadly missed. And so passes another of those old pioneering folk whose ranks are becoming so sadly thinned. The remains were laid to rest in the Church of England cemetery at Wilberforce, after a service in St. John's Church, at which the Rev. H. H. Davison officiated. The funeral arrangements were conducted by Mr. Chandler, of Windsor.

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Life Summary [details]


22 April, 1848
Colo, New South Wales, Australia


12 August, 1943 (aged 95)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.