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From the Collection of Orbost & District Historical Society Ruskin Street Orbost Victoria

A large black / white photograph of an elderly lady standing beside a younger man who is holding a letter and reading to her.
H-160mm W-208mm
Object Registration
hocking-mrs burn-nelson telegram-queen-100th-birthday
Historical information
This photograph shows Nelson Burn reading a telegram from the queen to his grandmother, Mrs Paul Hocking, on her 100th birthday.
Her husband, James Hocking, was the first watchmaker in Orbost. He had been a lay preacher at Wangaratta and Yan Yean before coming to Orbost. He was an 1891 Rechabite and an Orbost Shire Councillor.
Eliza Ann Hocking (nee Eddy) was born on 16.7.1856 at Blackwater Hall in England, She had arrived in Australia on the sailing boat "Poocia" on 8-7-1880. The voyage following the Cape route took about 7 weeks. For a time, with her husband, she lived at Chewton, on the gold fields, before coming to Orbost. She was a foundation member of the Methodist Ladies’ Guild in 1912. She lived in Salisbury Street, Orbost. She died on 9.4.1957.
Colin Nelson Burn, born 7.7.1921, was her grandson, son of Robert Alfred Burn and Edith Jane Hocking. He began Sta-Brite' Painting and Decorating Services in Salisbury Street, Orbost. He served in the forces during World War II. He was a Life member of the Snowy Rovers Football Club. He joined the Orbost Fire Brigade on 1-5-1946. He died 1.2.2015. His son, Peter continues the painting business in Orbost. (info. from John Phillips)
When Made
This is a pictorial record of an Orbost resident reaching 100 years. A 100 year birthday is a significant milestone.
The Hocking / Burn family have been associated with the Orbost district since 1889.
Last updated
15 Aug 2019 at 10:52AM