Arthur Cocks (politician)

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Sir Arthur Alfred Clement Cocks KBE (27 May 1862 – 25 April 1943) was an Australian politician, elected as a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.

Early life[edit]

Cocks was born at Wild Duck Creek, near Heathcote, Victoria and educated at a state school at Richmond before entering retailing at 14. He married Elizabeth Agnes Gibb in 1884 and they had a son and a daughter. He established a business of wholesale jewellers and opticians, Arthur Cocks & Co. He was a member of the Sydney Municipal Council from 1906 to 1914 and was Lord Mayor of Sydney in 1913[1] and was in 1920 involved in the foundation of the Civic Reform Association.[2]

Political career[edit]

Cocks represented St Leonards from 1910 to 1920 and North Shore from 1920 to 1925, initially for the Commonwealth Liberal Party and then the Nationalist Party. He was Colonial Treasurer from 1922 to 1925 in the Fuller ministry.[3]

Cocks died at Mosman, New South Wales and survived his wife and children.[1]


Cocks was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 1925.


  1. ^ a b Gerathy, Greta. "Cocks, Sir Arthur Alfred Clement (1862 - 1943)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Archived from the original on 21 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-12. 
  2. ^ "CIVIC REFORM.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954). NSW: National Library of Australia. 17 May 1921. p. 6. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sir (Alfred) Arthur Alfred Clement Cocks (1862 - 1943)". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Edward Clark
Member for St Leonards
1910 – 1920
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New seat
Member for North Shore
1920 – 1925
Served alongside: Arthur, Murphy, Reid/Fell, Weaver
Succeeded by
Alick Kay