Died from Haemorrhage, Old age
The Longreach Leader — Saturday 17 November 1945
THE DEATH OF A PIONEER
MR. G.C. COCHRAN
After a short illness, the late Mr. George Cochran, of Bengal, in the Muttaburra district, passed away at the Muttaburra General Hospital early on Sunday morning, and was buried at the Muttaburra cemetery the same afternoon. Although notice was short, the funeral was well at tended by friends of the deceased.
The late Mr. Cochran was of a reserved nature and was highly respected by all who were privileged to know him. This grand old pioneer was actively engaged on his property right up until the time he was taken to hospital. He was born at Lochinvar, near West Maitland, New South Wales, in 1859. At an early age he was shepherding sheep at a time when the blacks were troublesome. Later he worked with his father in the carrying business, which in those days extended from West Maitland, in New South Wales, to Dalby in Queensland, so that he experienced the hardships associated with the days of that period, 80 years ago. Being always land-minded, in the year 1887 he selected a block of country in the Narribri (N.S.W.) district, subsequently disposing of this block to settle in the Moree district.
After battling the drought of 1898-1902 in New South Wales be came to the St. George district of Queensland, finally selling out from there and taking up Bengal in 1910. In the year 1887, the deceased gentleman married Miss Winifred O’Grady, of County Clare, Ireland, at West Maitland and she predeceased him in 1983. Of the eight children of the marriage, he is survived by Mrs. C. T. Kelly (Lake Huffer), Miss S. Cochran (Bengal), Mr. J. Cochran (Sunnyside) and Mr. R. Cochran (Bengal).
[Source: THE DEATH OF A PIONEER. (1945, November 17). The Longreach Leader (Qld.: 1923 – 1954), p. 20. Retrieved September 18, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article125210357]