Alfred (Alf) John Cobb 
(20 June 1869 - 3 February 1962)

Alfred, known as Alf, was born in Bournemouth, Hampshire, southern England on 20 June 1869. He was the oldest surviving son of Joseph and Harriet Cobb. Alf immigrated to New Zealand with his parents and eight siblings on the ship Lady Jocelyn in 1883. The family arrived in Wellington on 1 January 1884. He was 14 years old at the time.

Joseph and Harriet with their children, 1883. 
Alf is probably the boy standing centre, back, in this photo.

The Cobb family boarded the ship 'Kiwi' to take them to their new home in Napier. They arrived in Napier on 5 January 1884. Below is the notice of arrivals to Napier:

In Napier, the Cobbs were met by Alf's maternal aunt, Emily Lydford, and her husband Richard who had arrived in New Zealand in 1879. There were three little cousins for Alf to meet: Richard Jnr, William, and baby George.

The Cobb family lived in Port Ahuriri for a short time before shifting to Hastings around 1885. 

In 1887, Alf submitted an entry to the woodwork/model section of the inaugural industrial exhibition of the united Sunday Schools of Hawke's Bay. The exhibition was opened in the Gaiety Theatre on the evening of 13 December 1887 with over 1000 exhibits. Alf, who was representing the St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Hastings, won a first placing for his work, according to the Hawke's Bay Herald 13 December 1887.

Alf's parents and younger siblings moved back to Napier in 1889 but it is likely that he stayed in Hastings with Bob and Percy. Nothing is known of Alf's early days at this stage.

Alf married Laura Estella Goldfinch (14 Aug 1870 - 3 Nov 1943) at her parent's home in Palmerston North on 21 January 1892. It is interesting to note that Harriet, Alf's mother, would have been pregnant with her youngest son at the time.

The Cobb family were big supporters of the 'Women's Suffrage' campaign which was demanding that women be given the right to vote in parliamentary elections. In 1892, Laura signed the petition stating her address as, 'Andrew Young Street'. Laura's mother-in-law Harriet Cobb, and sister-in-law, Elsie Cobb, also signed the petition in Napier. The petition was presented to the New Zealand Parliament in 1893 and led to the law change in which women gained equal voting rights alongside men. 

Record of the names recorded on the Suffrage petition of 1892.
This list is housed in The Beehive, Wellington.
(Photo by K Bland, 2015)

Alf and Laura had ten children:
  • Alfred Leonard Goldfinch Cobb (also recorded as Leonard Alfred Goldfinch in some records) (? January 1893 - 16 November 1893). 
  • Harry Clarence (Clarry) Cobb (31 August 1894 - 20 February 1977
  • Olive Ruth (or Ruth Olive?) Hogan (21 Sep 1896 - 17 Aug 1950) 
  • George Lynch Darby Cobb (Lynch) (23 Jan 1897 - 27 May 1917) 
  • Alfred Leonard (Len) Cobb (12 Oct 1898 - 19 July 1954) 
  • Grace Victoria Main (1900 - 1996)
  • Robert Edward Cobb (1901 - 1952)
  • George Gregory Cobb (20 April 1905 - 1961) 
  • Ila Mavis Jean Palmer (known as Mavis) (15 May 1908 -  18 May 1993) 
  • Eva Day Cobb (1915 - 14 August 1916) 

From left: Laura, Lynch (front), Clarry (back), Ruth and Alf.
Date unknown but around 1897-98

The children of Alf and Laura from left:
Robert, Ruth, Clarry (back), George (standing at front),
Len (seated centre), Lynch and Grace. Date unknown but around 1905-06

In 1898, Alf moved to Palmerston North and worked as a cabinet maker in the furniture shop of W. Pedgens which was on Church Street near the centre of town. The following year Alf bought a section on Andrew Young Street where he built a house. Not long afterwards he bought and renovated a house on Church Street. When he bought the house it cost 145 pounds, and he sold it for 529 pounds! This extra money gave Alf the capital to start buy sections and building on them.

On Christmas Day 1900, Alfred and Laura took their children (there would have been six of them) to the Golden Wedding celebrations of Laura's parents, George and Mary Goldfinch. Harriet, Alf's mother, took some photos of this happy occasion.

The Manawatu Evening Standard 28 June 1902 reported that Alf had a celebratory event to mark four years in the building business. He had many employees and they had constructed 100 houses with nine more in the process of construction. Alf presented all his employees with a commemorative photo, and in turn, they gave him some vases and glassware. 

Alf Cobb
Photographer & date unknown

It seems as though Alf's brother Bob worked with him in the business until July 1903 when he left to study theology in the Salvation Army Training Home in Melbourne, Australia. An account of Bob's farewell at one of the construction sites with all of Alf's employees was mentioned in the local paper.

Here is an example of one of Alf's advertisements in the Manawatu Standard, October 1903.

At the end of 1903, several of Alf and Laura's children (Ruth, Len and Lynch) received prizes at a Salvation Army Sunday School event. 

It seems that Alf need to liquidate some of his assets in mid 1904 judging by the following announcements in the Manawatu Standard 21 June:

The Electoral Roll of 1905/06 has Alf and Laura living on Church Street East. We know from family records, that Alf built a home for his growing family in Cook Street 1906. The family resided there for a while. The children attended the Campbell Street School. 

In 1908, Alf served as a jurer in a case where a man breached the Bankruptcy Act.

It seems that Alf was appointed Sargent-Major of the children's work at his church church in 1909. He was getting the children to prepare for the harvest festival. It seems likely that they were making the decorations for the event. In January the same year, Alf and another leader organised a very successful Sunday School picnic

Alf either had an office or residence on George Street in 1910. 

In early September 1910, Alf and Laura, and their daughter Ruth, were involved in the Salvation Army 'Naval Bazaar' in which the church premises was converted into stalls resembling ships. It seems that Laura was helping at several stalls, Ruth was assisting at the sweets stall, and Alf was helping the older Sunday School girls at the toy stall. (The Salvation Army Church commenced their work in Palmerston North in 1884.)

It is reported that Mr and Mrs A Cobb, Miss O R Cobb, and Master Cobb were passengers on the steamer Rotorua. This ship was making its maiden voyage to New Zealand, and departed from London on 27 October 1910, stopping in Cape Town and Auckland en route to Wellington where the ship docked in early December the same year. It is unclear if the passengers refer to Alf and Laura and two of their children. The timing of the trip seems to be consistent with the death of Alf's grandmother but conflicts with his known church involvement.

The Cobb family were very actively involved with the Salvation Army Church. Alfred was an officer in the church, and the children were active in Sunday School. The newspaper articles from the Manawatu Times 15 December 1903, and the Manawatu Standard 24 February 1911 give us a picture of this.

At the event mentioned above, it was reported that Len and Lynch sang a duet

In early 1911, Alf was advertising for a strong lad to join his business to learn the carpentry trade.

In March 1911 Alf's father, Joseph, passed away in Napier aged 70.

It seems that Alf moved his family in early 1911 because the local papers announced in May that the telephone was installed at his 59 Campbell Street home. His phone number was 436! 

In August of 1911, Alf and Laura's eldest surviving son, Clarry, was struck down by appendicitis just before his 17th birthday. He was taken to hospital in a critical condition. Following emergency surgery, Clarry made a full recovery.

The Salvation Army held a 'Village Fair' fundraiser with a Swiss theme in September 1911. Alf was involved in running and organising two stalls, a fancy goods stall and the sweet stall. His daughter Ruth helped served tea.

Also in September 1911, Alf was nominated, along with two other builders to meet with the Conciliation Commissioner to discuss their concerns about the new demands being made by the Carpenters' and Joiners' Union. 

Later on, around 1911-12, the family moved to a house Alf had built on native reserve land in Carroll Street. 

Alf took ill at the end of 1911 and was unable to fulfill his duties at a special anniversary service at church.

In 1912 Bob and his brother Alf were appointed by their church, to work with the youth. 

Another Sunday School awards ceremony was held in January (1912). Alf, once again presided and several of his children were involved in presenting the programme and were awarded prized. 

In 1914, the Cobb family lived at 91 Ferguson Street. 

Alf and Laura suffered many setbacks around this time. Firstly, in November 1914, their son Len was found guilty of indecent assult.
Soon afterwards, Alf became sick and had to have an operation for appendicitis. Then he suffered financial worries when many of the houses that he built on or around Carroll Street proved more expensive than budgeted for, thus he lost money on them. Also, there was a client that couldn't pay. A fire broke out in Alf's workshop burning some vital financial paperwork which led to him losing money on a contract. 

One of the most difficult of the setbacks was the loss of his baby daughter Eva who developed diphtheria and died on 14 August 1916, aged 18 months. Eva was buried at the Terrence End Cemetery, Block 053 (the Wesleyan), Plot 054. 

In October 1916 the Salvation Army held an annual meeting in Palmerston North. Laura and her sister in law, Alice were involved in catering for this event. No doubt Alf and his brother Bob were in attendance at the meetings.

Saying goodbye to son Lynch as he departed with the New Zealand Medical Corps from King's Wharf, Wellington on 10 November 1916, must have been very tough experience for Alf and his family. Lynch served on the hospital ship Marama for one year. 

Alf was forced to declare himself bankrupt in early 1917. 
Information about the bankruptcy was made public in the Manawatu Standard, 3 March:

Less than three months later, Alf and Laura received the dreadful news that 20 year old Lynch, had drowned in a freak accident on 27 May 1917, while serving with the New Zealand Medical Corps. When she was told the news, Laura said that she had had a premonition that Lynch had died. Details about the drowning were published in the papers. 
Lynch died in 1917.

It was not long later that they heard the news that Alf's youngest brother Jack had been killed 7 June 1917 during the battle for Messines. 

Alf continued to work with the youth of his church, and in 1918 he motivated the young people to donate 100 pounds in the 'self-denial' event, which made them the champions for their Division.

After the bankruptcy, Alf and Laura moved to Wellington. Laura purchased the house pictured below, at 23 Myrtle Crescent.

The Cobb home at 23 Myrtle Street, Wellington.
(Photo by K Bland, 2015)

Both Alf and Laura had a strong faith in God and no doubt it was their relationship with him that got them through the tough times.

In January 1918 Alf was taken to court over a bathtub that was not installed as promised. He lost the case and was fined.

In the early 1920s Alf was involved in a Christian movement praying and strategising for a spiritual revival in New Zealand. This movement resulted in the revival meetings run by Yorkshire evangelist Smith Wigglesworth. 

Smith Wigglesworth with Laura and Alfred. (Approx 1920.)

Son Clarry got into trouble during 1923 while a witness at a nasty divorce trial. In a strange turn of events, Clarry was charged and convicted of contempt of court for trying to communicate with a juryman during a lunch break. He was fined 50 pounds and ordered to pay 15 pounds costs. At the time Clarry was married, and had three children. He was working as a glazier and it seems that money was tight. Alf wrote a letter on behalf of his son, according to Archway records. (The letter has not, as yet, been viewed by the author.)

Alf often preached on Sundays. His sermons were encouraging and motivating. There are many advertisements from Wellington newspapers indicating that he was speaking. Here is an example of a service where Alf preached and one of his daughters sang, 

and another, where he preached at the 11am service at The Pentecostal Church of New Zealand, Vivian Street:

In a church advertisement from 1943 there is the following announcement:

Alf and Laura's 12 year old grand-daughter, Eunice Hogan (Ruth's daughter) died on 22 February 1929. She was buried the following day at the Karori Cemetery. Alf's mother, Harriet, passed away in Auckland later the same year and was buried in the Otahuhu Cemetery.

Alf's family were very musical. They enjoyed singing together around the family piano. It seems that at least one of them was an accomplished singer. In May 1938, Miss Olive Cobb, one of Alf's family members (this could refer to Alf's daughter but more likely it was his grand-daughter), sang special music at the Bethel Temple, Vivian Street. Towards the end of November 1943 Olive Cobb also sang special music at the Pentecostal Fellowship in Newton. It is likely that Alf was also there at these church services.

In January 1942, Alf and Laura celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary at their home, surrounded by most of their family. Some grandsons were overseas at the war at the time. Apparently a family photo was taken of the occasion (yet unsighted by the author). 

Alf must have been interested in bowls too! In mid 1942 he was elected a director of the Newton Bowling Club in Wellington.

The photo below shows Laura and Alf in the living room of their home 23 Myrtle Crescent, Wellington (date unknown). You can see the family piano on the right behind Alf.

Laura and Alf in their living room.
(Date and photographer unknown)
(Photo courtesy of G J Bland)

When Laura became frail, daughter Grace attended to her at the Myrtle Street house. When she passed away on 3 November 1943, Alf and the rest of the family placed the following memorials to her in the Evening Post:

After Laura passed away, Alf sold the Myrtle Street house and spent time living with his daughters, Grace and Mavis.

Four generations of Cobbs, from left: Clarry, Alf, Gordon Jnr, Gordon Snr.
This photo was taken by Swainson's Studios on 22 May 1946

In December 1947, Alf attended the 40th wedding of his brother Robert and his wife Alice, held in New Plymouth. He is shown in the photograph below with three of his siblings- George, Elsie and Robert, along with Robert's family. (Alf, Robert, Elsie, and George were the eldest surviving children of Joseph and Harriett Cobb.)

Robert and Alice's 40th wedding anniversary celebration - December 1947.
Back row, from left: John (Jack) Cobb, Esmae & Maurice Hitchcock,
Dulcie & Eric Lambert, Freda Cobb, Lionel Cobb
Seated, from left: George Cobb, Elsie Ashcroft, Robert & Alice Cobb,
Alf Cobb, Rod Lambert
Children at front, from left: Ian Lambert, Pete Lambert, Bev Hitchcock.
Photo by Tru-Tone, Hawera.
(Photo courtesy of G J Bland)
When 82 years of age, Alf decided to take a trip back to England to visit relatives. While there it is said that he attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace, and was also given the honour of being presented with the keys of the city at a civic reception in Bournemouth. 

Alf, holding his Bible.
Photographer & date unknown.
(Photo courtesy of G J Bland)

Towards the end of his life Alf lived at 392 Broadway, Wellington, but in the year prior to his death, he resided at Pen-y-Bryn Convalescent Home at 118 Hataitai Road. Alf died on 3 February 1962, aged 93 years.

Alfred and Laura are buried together in the Karori Cemetery, Plot 576 F Public 3. A photo of their grave is shown below:

Grave of Alf and Laura Cobb, Karori Cemetery, Wellington.
(Photo by K Bland, 2015)
Headstone of Alf and Laura's grave.
In loving memory of Laura E
Beloved wife of A J Cobb.
Died 3rd Nov 1943 aged 73 years
"With the Lord."
Also her beloved husband
Alfred J
Died 3rd Feb 1962, aged 93 years
(Photo by K Bland, 2015)

The children of Alf & Laura Cobb

Alfred Leonard Goldfinch Cobb (also recorded as Leonard Alfred Goldfinch) (? January 1893 - 16 November 1893).
  • Baby Alf died aged 10 months and was buried in the Old Napier Cemetery. His exact burial place and the cause of his death is unknown. 
Harry Clarence (Clarry) Cobb (31 August 1894 - 20 February 1977)
  • Clarry was born in Palmerston North. He attended the Campbell Street School. As a child, his family lived on Cook Street. Clarry played in the Salvation Army band. We're not sure which instrument he played at this stage. 
  • Clarry became a builder.
  • He wanted to serve during World War 1, and enlisted (Military number 37103), but was discharged from active duty due 'weak scaring' due to surgey following a ruptured appendix, a weak left ankle, and a large hernia. He was given home-duties.
  • Harry married at least twice. His first wife was Dulcie Clara Sharpe (m1917, divorced 1921). Clarry and Dulcue married at his parents' insistance after they had a son together. 
    • Kenneth Cobb (dates unknown)
  • Clarry became a surf life-saver. According to family records, he was the first surf life-saver in Manuni.
  • Clarry moved to Nelson where he met his second wife, English-woman, Ethel May Atkinson (25 Dec ? - ?), and they married in 1921. Clarry and Ethel had three children:
    • Gordon Clarence Cobb (8 Oct 1920 - 5 March 1996)
      • Gordon married his first wife (name unknown). His second wife was English-born Muriel Gwendoline Clark (6 Feb 1923 - 21 Apr 1994). They married on 4 January 1945. Gordon and Muriel had three sons and three daughters. One son predeceased them:
        • Ronald (Ron) Allan Cobb (June 1946 - 3 Jan 1972), a married man, was killed in a car accident aged 25.
      • Gordon lost both of his legs as a result of a shunting accident. 
      • Gordon and Muriel are buried together at the Waikaraka Cemetery, Auckland, Area 6, Block C, Plot 152.
    • Olive Ellen Douglas (known as Ellen) (22 March 1922 - 23 May 1994)
      • Ellen was born in Inglewood in 1922. Her mother Ethel, was living on her parent's farm in Inglewood at the time of her birth while Clarry was off looking for work. Relatives recall Ellen (Olive) having olive-coloured skin, hence her first name.
      • A photo of Ellen with her mother and cousin can be seen here
      • Ellen married Richard George Cowman (1917 - 2 August 1988), a fitter-welder. They had three daughters and three sons. 
      • Richard died in 1988, aged 71 and was cremated in Wellington. 
      • Following Richard's death, Ellen re-married. Her second husband was Douglas Leo Douglas (known as Leo) (21 January 1926 - 2007). They were living in Herbertville at the time of her death in 1994.
      • Ellen died in Palmerston North in 1994 as the result of an accident, and was cremated. Her death notice is shown below:
(Clipping courtesy of G J Bland
original newspaper source unknown.)
    • John Lynch Cobb (known as Jack) (27 June ?)
      • Jack married Marjorie Bowen. They had two daughters.
      • Jack was a gambling man, and ended up losing money. 
  • According to family records, Clarry married a Norwegian woman named Lyn Kane, nee Neilson (dates unknown). Lyn already had a daughter named Patty (or Pat). Things between Clarry and Lyn didn't work out, and they separated around 1938. Lyn moved with Patty, to Australia. It was at this time that Clarry was declared bankrupt and therefore could not pursue Lyn and Patty across the Tasman.
    • Patty Cobb (dates unknown)
  • Clarry and Ethel were officially divorced on 19 February 1941, however, ironically, Ethel took Clarry in as a boarder some years later. 
  • Clarry died in Awapuni Hospital on 20 February 1977. He is buried at the Kelvin Grove Cemetery, Area R, Block 005, Plot 002. His last known occupation is listed on cemetery records as 'glazier'. Also buried nearby are his paternal uncles, Percy Cobb, and George Cobb. 
Ruth Olive Hogan (or Olive Ruth) (21 September 1896 - 17 August 1950)
  • Ruth married Thomas (Tommy) Hogan who was a Catholic, on 3 November 1915. They lived in William Street in Ngaio, Wellington, and Tommy worked as a clerk with the New Zealand Railways. They had four children:
    • Eunice Olive Hogan (5 June 1916 -  22 Feb 1929)
      • Eunice was born prior to her father enlisting for war. She died aged 12 and was buried at Wellington's Karori Cemetery (Public 2 Section, Plot 201Y). The cause of her death is unknown. 
    • Lynne Catherine Hogan (4 Sep 1920 - ?)
      • Lynne married Neil Forbes (or Foabes) in Wellington on 7 February 1948. They had three children- one daughter and two sons.
    • Bernard (known as Peter) Thomas Hogan (13 Oct 1924 - )
      • Peter married Maureen Thomson in Foxton. They had one daughter.
    • Noeline Ruth Hogan (16 Dec 1927 - )
      • Noeline married Francis Dion Anthony (Tony) Nathan (dates unknown) in Wellington in September 1949. They had two daughters.
  • Tommy enlisted for war in January 1917 (Military number 45389.) He served in Europe before returning to New Zealand at the conclusion of the war. The last three of Tommy and Ruth's children were born following the war. 

Four generations. From left, Harriet S Cobb,
Alf, Ruth, and baby Eunice.
Photo by Anderson's Studio, Palmerston North.
Date unknown, but about 1916/17.
(Photo courtesy of L Cobb.)

Eunice Hogan, aged 2 years, c1918.
Photographer unknown.
(Photo courtesy of G J Bland)

Tommy and Ruth Hogan with their daughter Eunice.
This photo was taken not long before Eunice died in 1929.
Photographer and date unknown.
(Photo courtesy of G J Bland)
  • Ruth was buried at Wellington's Karori Cemetery, alongside her daughter Eunice (Public 2 Section, Plot 201Y)

George Lynch Darby Cobb (Lynch) (23 Jan 1897 - 27 May 1917) 
  • George was known as Lynch. He was named after his grandfather, George Lynch Goldfinch. 'Darby' was his grandfather's mother's maiden name. 
  • Lynch never married. He accidentally drowned during World War 1 while serving as a medic on the hospital ship Marama. More information about his life and service during the war can be found at the blog, 'They Served'.
War Memorial at the Karori Cemetery that has Lynch's name on it.
(Photo by K Bland, 2015)

Alfred Leonard (Len) Cobb (12 October 1898 - 19 July 1954) 
  • When 16 years old, Len, a messenger, was tried for indecent assault at the Palmerston North Supreme Court on 24 November 1914. He was sentenced to 5 years reformative detention to be served at the Invercargill Prison. Len was discharged on 21 February 1918.
  • Len worked as a gardener at Government House in Wellington for many years.
  • Len married Doris Barnett (21 August 1901 - 30 September 1989) in 1929. They had four sons:
    • L Cobb (still living)
    • Robert David Cobb (16 October 1931 - 12 March 1999)
      • Married Beverly May Billing (dates unknown). They had two sons.
      • Married May Morning-Smith (dates unknown).
    • Peter John Cobb (24 July 1935 - 4 August 2011)
      • Married Doreen Wilkinson (? - June 2011). They had three children.
    • Alfred Graham Cobb (known as Graham or Cobby) (? - 21 March 2017) 
      • Married to Joan (still living). They had three children.
      • Died in Lyttleton, Christchurch, while visiting his family.
      • Graham's funeral was held in his hometown of Rotorua.
Alf and Doris Cobb are buried at the Karori Cemetery with two of their sons.
(Photo by K Bland, 2015)
The grave in the foreground belongs to Alf & Doris, and two of their sons.
(Photo by K Bland, 2015)

Grace Victoria Main (1900 - 1996) 
  • Grace married William (Bill) John Main (1895 - 25 July 1947) in 1922. Bill was born in Helensville to Scottish parents. He served during WW1 prior to marrying Grace, and then after the war, he became the Chief Accounts Officer with the NZ Railways in Wellington. Bill and Grace had two children:
    • Olive Joye Mills (30 Aug 1924 - )
      • Joye was born in Wellington.
      • She married Ernest John (known as Jack) Mills on 27 April 1946. Jack and Joye had three sons.
    • Gordon Lynch Main (7 Nov 1928 - 14 June 1988)
      • Gordon was born in Wellington.
      • He married June Elizabeth Ditchburn (dates unknown). They had one son and three daughters.
Bill Main with an unidentied woman, possibly his sister Eva.
The picture was taken by Berry & Co in Wellington (1917)

Robert Edward Cobb (1901 - 1 July 1952
  • Robert married Jeannie Jack McIver (c1899 - 19 September 1966). They had a son:
    • Robert Bruce Cobb (still living)
      • Robert married three times. His first wife was Teulia Francis Fakaotimanava. They had three sons. 
      • His second wife was Raewyn Ada Tongalea. They had a son and a daughter.
      • Robert's third wife was Reo Tawhiti Robertson
  • Robert Snr served with the New Zealand Army in World War II, in the Middle East. On 16 September 1942 he was discharged from service on medical grounds. Robert's service number was 38107.
  • Robert Snr died in 1952, aged 50. He was cremated in Wellington and his ashes are buried at the Karori Cemetery at 34 DIV D1. Jeannie passed away in 1966 aged 67. She too, was cremated in Wellington and her ashes are interred at the Karori Cemetery alongside her husband's.

George Gregory Cobb (20 April 1905 - 1961) 
  • George married Evelyn May Mayer (known as Evie) in 1928. It appears that they had no children. 
  • NOTE there is another George Gregory Cobb who was born in 1898 to George and Annie Cobb of Taupaki. He married Hazel Meider of Newton Auckland, also in 1919. This G G Cobb is not a known relative. (Our George is registered on Births, Deaths and Marriages without his middle name.)

Ila Mavis Jean Palmer (known as Mavis) (15 May 1909 - 18 May 1993) 
  • Ila married George Craig Palmer (24 Apr 1907 - 2000) in Wellington on 23 June 1928. They had two daughters and a son:
    • Beverly Jean Palmer (14 Feb 1929 - )
      • Married John William Hellaby (30 Mar 1925 - ) in Wellington on 13 March 1948. They had five children, the youngest was adopted.
    • Melva Mavis Palmer (18 Mar 1930 - )
      • Melva was born in Wellington. She Married Leonard William Paddison (4 July 1926 - 15 Aug 1981) on 7 Apr 1951. They had three sons and a daughter.
      • Married Terry Hodge in Waikanae on 18 February 1984.
    • Craig William Palmer (3 Mar 1945 - )
      • Married in January 1972.
  • Mavis died in Wellington. Her death notice appears below:

Eva Day Cobb (1915 - 14 August 1916) 
  • Eva died of diphtheria, aged 18 months. She was buried at the Terrence End Cemetery, Block 053 (the Wesleyan), Plot 054. 

Sources of information
Family held records courtesy of G J Bland
Napier City Council - Cemetery Records
Papers Past
Births, Deaths and Marriages Online
Palmerston North City Council - Cemetery and Cremation Search
Wellington City Council - Cemetery Search
Auckland Council Cemetery Search
Photographs: L Cobb, G J Bland, K Bland
R B Cobb

Anonymous. (1887, December 13). Sunday Schools Exhibition. Hawke's Bay Herald. 3. Retrieved from (Accessed 18 January 2021). 

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