John and Sarah Cocker

Alfred Henry Cocker and Ida Maria Rudd

Alfred Henry Cocker was born on 21 May 1886 in Perth, died on 7 Dec 1934 in His residence, 271 Invermay Road, Launceston at age 48, and was buried on 9 Dec 1934 in Launceston. Alfred married Ida Maria Rudd, daughter of Robert James Rudd and Eliza Alice Amelia Spencer, on 11 Dec 1907 in Methodist Church Devonport. Ida was born on 17 May 1885 in Longford, Tasmania and died on 28 Jul 1966 in Launceston at age 81. They had three children: Edna May, Harry Robert James and Ronald Frank.  Alfred served in World War 1:

Alfred Henry COCKER

Regimental number: 1506
Place of birth: Perth, Tasmania
Religion: Methodist
Occupation: Labourer
Address: Smith Street, West Devonport, Tasmania
Marital status: Married
Age at embarkation: 29
Next of kin: Wife, Mrs I.M. Cocker, Smith Street, Devonport, Tasmania
Enlistment date: 14 December 1914
Rank on enlistment: Private
Unit name:12th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number: 23/29/2
Embarkation details: Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915 
Rank from Nominal Roll: Private
Unit from Nominal Roll: 12th Battalion
Fate: Returned to Australia 24 August 1918
Miscellaneous information from cemetery records" Parents: James and Alice COCKER
Other details Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death: 7 December 1934
Age at death: 48
Place of burial: Carr Villa Cemetery, Launceston, Tasmania 2009

Launceston Examiner 12 Dec 1907

WEDDING BELLS. DEVONPORT, Wednesday. Wedding was celebrated by the Rev. W. H. Hodge today. The contracting parties were Harry, eldest son of Mr. J. Cocker, St. Mary's, and Ida, eldest daughter of Mr. Robert Rudd, of Smith street. Miss Eva Rudd was bridesmaid and Mr. E. Corbell. jun., best man. The happy couple left for Hobart for their honeymoon, and their future residence will be St. Mary's.

4-Edna May Cocker was born on 24 Sep 1908 in St Marys and died on 30 Sep 1990 in Devonport at age 82. Edna married John Barrington Coleman, son of John Barrington Coleman and Mary Terry, on 14 Dec 1929 in Devonport. John was born on 29 May 1903 in Pynegana, died on 17 May 1976 in Latrobe at age 72, and was buried in Mersey Vale Lawn Cemetery.

Launceston Examiner 31 Dec 1929


 Coleman—Cocker A pretty wedding was celebrated in Devonport on December 14, when Miss Edna May Cocker, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Cocker, Berwick Park, Invermay, Launceston, became the wife of Mr. John Barrington Coleman, eldest son of Mrs. and the late Mr. J. B. Coleman, "The Metropole," West. Devonport. Rev, W. H. Abbey officiated at the ceremony, which was solemnised at 7.30 p.m. at the Methodist Church, West Devonport. The church decorations were tastefully carried out in white lilies, watsonia, bride gladioli, and greenery, being the work of Mrs. T. Whitfield. The bride, who entered the church on the arm of her father, by whom she was given away, looked charming in a full length, long-sleeved frock of ivory georgette over white satin, with tiny taffeta frills on the lower part of the skirt. The beautiful embroidered veil (lent by Mrs. Hill, a friend of the bride), worn from a coronet of orange blossom, was over white tulle, which formed a train. She carried a lovely shower bouquet of Madonna lilie sand white roses, with white satin streamers. Joan Fitzpatrick, the tiny cushion bearer, who, preceded the bride up the aisle, was in an early Victorian long sleeveless frock of tucked blue georgette. She wore a drooping golden hat lined with shirred blue georgette, and tiny silver shoes. She carried a white satin bolster with long tassels of silver, and sprays of silver leaves. The cushion was the little maid's gift to the bride. 'The bridesmaid, Miss Isabel Coleman, sister of the bridegroom, wore a frock of delphinium blue georgette, gold straw hat swathed with gold tinsel and blue georgette, and gold shoes. She carried a bouquet of pink Madame Chatenay roses, blue delphiniums, and maidenhair fern. The bridegroom was attended by Mr. Albert Cole, of Devonport, as best man. While the register was being signed Miss M. Smythe, Launceston, sang "My Prayer." Miss Laurel Buchanan presided at the organ, and played Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" as the bride entered the church. As the bridal party left the church a beautiful horseshoe was hung on the arm of the bride by Miss Dorothy McDougall. Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Cocker, the bride's parents, received the guests, who numbered about seventy, at the National Hall, which presented a very attractive appearance.

The scheme of decoration was delphinium blue and amber. The stage was arranged as a drawing-room with pedestals holding bowls of delphiniums, pansies, and violas. Amber shades of streamers were fixed on the electric globes, forming a canopy over the supper tables, which glistened with tall crystal vases of delphinium and watsonia, and small bowls and vases of love-in-the mist and carnations. Ribbons of amber colour with love knots of silver tissue and melody roses gave a dainty finish to the exquisitely arranged tables. The decorations were the work of Miss M. Coleman and Miss L. Wyatt, Sheffield (aunt and cousin of the bridegroom). A three-decker wedding cake, made by T. L. Byard, Devonport, graced the centre of the bride's table. It was beautifully ornamented with silver lyres, butterflies, and flowers. Mr. Abbey acted as toastmaster, and items were rendered by Mrs. McCall Davis. Miss Valma White, and Mr. A. W. Wyatt. Miss Laurel Buchanan was the accompanist. Numerous telegrams were read by the best man Mr. A. Cole. The bride's mother was attired in a frock of brown celanese, hat and shoes en suite, and carried a beautiful bouquet of golden roses. The bridegroom's mother wore a frock of black georgotte, with silk lace over dress, mushroom coloured hat with red, and carried a lovely bouquet of deep red roses. The bride's travelling dress was a lemon jumper suit, with lemon hat to tone, and celanese coat of brown. After the wedding breakfast, dancing was indulged in till a late hour, and the happy couple left for Launceston. The bride's gift to the bridegroom was a large folding Kodak camera, while the bridegroom's gift to the bride was a fur choker and a gold wristlet watch. The bridegroom's gift to the bridesmaid was a bunch bag, and to the cushion bearer a beautiful, bride doll. Among the presents, which were on view at the hall, was a silver sandwich trays and a silver sugar basin from the Druids' Lodge, of which the bridegroom is a member. The home of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Coleman will be at Devonport. The bouquets carried were all made by Messrs. J. H. Taylor Pty. Ltd., Launceston.

They had two children: Shirley and Elizabeth.

5-Shirley Coleman was born on 27 Sep 1930 in Devonport. Shirley married Lancelot Ronald Cole, son of Unknown and Unknown, in 1957.  They had two children: Andrew John and Margaret.

6-Andrew John Cole was born on 7 Aug 1960 in Launceston. Andrew married Bronwyn Olive Du Sautoy in 1983.  They had three children: Olivia, Jonathon and Emily.

7-Olivia Cole was born on 10 Apr 1984.

7-Jonathon Cole was born on 3 Sep 1985.

7-Emily Cole was born on 30 Jun 1987.

Andrew next married Linda in 1996.  They had one daughter: Amelia.

7-Amelia Cole was born in 1997.

6-Margaret Cole was born in 1963. Margaret married Ross Finch on 13 Aug 1990.  They had one daughter: Atlanta.

7-Atlanta Finch was born in 1995. Atlanta married Ross Finch. Ross was born on 12 Jan 1944.

5-Elizabeth Coleman was born in 1942. Elizabeth married Malcolm Larwell (Mac) Turnbull in 1964.  They had three children: Caroline Louise, Angela Elizabeth and Margaret.

6-Caroline Louise Turnbull was born on 26 Sep 1967 in Devonport and died on 13 Dec 2007 at age 40. Caroline married David West in 1994.  They had two children: Rebecca and Christopher.

7-Rebecca West was born in 2000.

7-Christopher West was born in 2002.

6-Angela Elizabeth Turnbull was born on 26 Oct 1970 in Devonport. Angela married Adam Caithness in 2000.  They had two children: Holly Anne and Ella.

7-Holly Anne Caithness was born on 28 Feb 2003.

7-Ella Caithness was born before 2007.

6-Margaret Turnbull.

4-Harry Robert James Cocker was born on 18 Nov 1912 in Devonport and died in 1968 at age 56. Harry married Gladys Vivienne Una Thompson, daughter of John Thompson and Eleanor Minnie Tilley, on 5 Oct 1935. Gladys was born on 16 Feb 1910 in Gormanston, Tasmania and died in 2000 at age 90.

The Advocate  Thursday 10 October 1935, page 4

 WEDDING BELLS. Cocker-Thompson.
Pink and white flowers-tulips, camellias, and arum lilies-were arranged in St. John's Church, Launceston, on Saturday hight, when Vivienne Gladys Thompson, "Tulagi," Trevallyn road, youngest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Thompson (formerly of Gormanston), was married to Harry Robert Cocker, elder son of Mrs. and the late Mr. A. H. Cocker, Berwick Park, Mowbray.
Rev. W. Greenwood officiated. The bride was given away by her brotherin law, Mir. P. J. Dargan. Her ivory satin gown was exquisitely trimmed with cut work in a design of circles. A wide band of the cut work formed a deep V on the bodice and composed the sleeves to the elbows, from where they fitted tightly to the wrists: A plaited satin girdle was knotted at the waist in front, and an inserted panel to the skirt formed the short train.
The veil of embroidered tulle (lent by Mrs. H. T. Rosevear, Devonport) was held with narrow plaited bands, and a circlet of orange blossom, and her shower bouquet was of white and palest pink carnations and fern.
The bride's sister, Miss Doris Thompeon, attended her, wearing a frock of Margaret Rose pink moire taffeta. The off-shoulder neckline was finished with a double fold of the taffeta, and quilting at the hem of the full skirt was matched by the butterfly bow at the waist. the wide brimmed hat was of stitched suede silk, and she carried a lovely shower bouquet of pink tulips.
Mr. J. B. Coleman, of Devonport, brother-in-law of the bridegroom, was best man. The reception was held at the "Virginia." Mrs. P. J. Dargan, sister of the bride, received the guests. She wore a smart saxe blue gown, with grey hat and accessories, and carried a posy of red carnations. Mrs. Cocker, mother of the bridegroom, wore a smart black and white ensemble and black hat to match. Her bouquet was of sweet peas and maidenhair fern. Mrs. J. B. Coleman, Devonport, sister of the bridegroom, wore a blue flowered georgette frock, with cape to tone, and a fawn hat.
The bride travelled in a dusty-pink frock, worn with a hat to tone and brown shoes and accessories. After the honeymoon, spent in Melbourne, Mr. and Mrs. Cocker will reside in Launceston. The wedding presents included a canteen of cutlery from Messrs. Noyes Bros. (where the bride was a member of the staff) and a cheque front the firm of A. H. Blundell and Co., and a crystal fruit basket from the staff (where the bridegroom is employed).

They had one son: Robert John.

5-Robert John Cocker was born on 21 Mar 1937 in Malonga, Sister Whitelaw's Private Hospital, 202 George Street, Launceston. Robert married Kay Roberts in 1960.  They had two children: Michelle and Brett.

6-Michelle Cocker was born in 1962. Michelle married Ian Hankins in 1983.

6-Brett Cocker was born in 1963. Brett married Dianne Gardner in 1984.  They had two children: Brent and Drew.

7-Brent Cocker was born in 1991.

7-Drew Cocker was born in 1993.

4-Ronald Frank Cocker was born on 3 Jun 1925 and died on 9 Jan 2002 at age 76. Ronald married Pixie Doreen Roberts on 11 Jul 1946. Pixie was born on 30 Jan 1923 in Hobart, Tasmania. They had three children: Annette, Julie Dianne and Stephen Barrington.

Launceston  Examiner 13 Jul 1943

ENGAGEMENTS The engagement is announced of Pixie, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. Roberts, Hobart, to Ronald (R.A.N.), younger son of Mrs. and the late Mr. A. H. Cocker, Devonport.

5-Annette Cocker was born on 30 Dec 1947 in Royal Hobart Hospital. Annette married Russell Gerry Wills on 4 Nov 1967 in Isle of Man. Russell was born on 4 May 1948 and died on 4 May 1998 at age 50.

Annette next married Karl Nilsen in Norway. Karl was born on 8 Nov 1937.

Annette next married Egil Helgoe in Norway. Egil was born on 15 Feb 1942.

5-Julie Dianne Cocker was born on 18 Nov 1950 in Queen Victoria Maternity Hospital, Launceston. Julie married Peter Allan Taylor on 5 Apr 1968 in Launceston. Peter was born on 22 Nov 1946. They had two children: Allan John and Heath Barrington.

6-Allan John Blackberry was born on 2 Sep 1968 in Launceston. Allan married Irene Darmadi on 12 Dec 2000 in Melbourne, Victoria. Irene was born on 5 Dec 1972 in Surabya, Indonesia. They had two children: Bianca Josephine and Hannah Scarlett Alexandra.

7-Bianca Josephine Blackberry was born on 2 Jun 2005 in Melbourne, Victoria.

7-Hannah Scarlett Alexandra Blackberry was born on 10 Mar 2011 in Epworth Freemasons Hospital, East Melbourne.

6-Heath Barrington Blackberry was born on 14 Aug 1970. Heath married Tracey Cushcieri on 3 Feb 2001. Tracey was born on 25 Nov 1971.

Julie next married Roger Graeme Blackberry on 17 Jun 1978 in Glengary, Tasmania. Roger was born on 31 Jan 1953 in Launceston. They had one daughter: Annette Louise.

6-Annette Louise Blackberry was born on 16 Jul 1979 in Beaconsfield, Tasmania. Annette married Jason Albert Johnson on 16 Nov 2002. Jason was born in 1979 in St. Helens. They had two children: Byron Albert and Finlay Louise Pixie.

7-Byron Albert Johnson was born on 31 Oct 2003 in Launceston.

7-Finlay Louise Pixie Johnson was born on 2 Aug 2007 in Launceston.

5-Stephen Barrington Cocker was born on 26 Jun 1954 in Queen Victoria Maternity Hospital, Launceston. Stephen married Pauline Ward about 1983. Pauline was born on 4 Feb 1949 in Bairnsdale, Victoria. They had one daughter: Alice.

6-Alice Cocker was born on 21 May 1984 in Sydney, New South Wales.

Ronald next married Shirley Crothers on 18 Sep 1972 in Southport Queensland. Shirley was born on 20 Aug 1930.