Cobcroft, Sarah

Midwife and farmer who emigrated from England to Sydney as one of Australia's first free settlers after her spouse had been sentenced to transportation for assault and highway robbery. She was part of a small group of women who accepted a government offer of a free passage. The couple had 10 children and married in 1842 when Sarah was aged 70. She worked as a midwife in the Wilberforce district. Her death notice notes she left 'a large family to lament their loss, having lived to see the fifth generation'.

Milestone
Born
Holborn, England
30 Nov 1772
Arrived Sydney
Neptune
28 Jun 1790
Died
Wilberforce, New South Wales
31 May 1857
Name
Birth
Smith, Sarah
Occupation
Position
1790
Relationship
Spouse
1789 - 04 Jun 1853