Christina Cock

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Christina Cock
Born (1887-12-25)25 December 1887
Gorae, (near Portland), Victoria,
Died 22 May 2002(2002-05-22)
(aged 114 years, 148 days)
Blackburn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Known for 'Oldest verified person in Australian history'.

Christina Cock (née Clay; 25 December 1887 – 22 May 2002)[1] is recorded as the oldest verified supercentenarian in Australian history, aged 114 years, 148 days when she died. She is one of the 100 oldest verified people of all time.[2] She was the oldest ever Australian.[3]


Christina Clay was born in Gorae, just outside Portland, Victoria being the second of 11 children. She married Wilbert Cock in 1913. The couple remained married for almost 73 years, until Wilbert's death at the age of 96 in 1986.[4]

Following the death of 110-year-old Ada Cleggett on 8 December 1995, she became the oldest living Australian, aged 107.[5] Five years later, on 21 November 2000, Cock broke the Australian longevity record of 112 years 330 days, which was set by Caroline Maud Mockridge (11 December 1874 – 6 November 1987).[5]

At the time of Cock's death, she was the second or 3rd-oldest person in the world.[5] With the later questioning of Japanese woman Kamato Hongo's age, she may have missed becoming the world's oldest person by just six days (Grace Clawson of the United States, born 15 November 1887 in Great Britain, died 28 May 2002, aged 114 years 194 days, six days after Cock).

Cock lived independently until she was 109 years old, when she broke her hip during a fall.[4]


On 22 May 2002, Cock died in her sleep, due to a lung infection, with daughter Lesley Ricketson by her side, at Blackburn's Lake Park nursing home.[4] Lake Park nursing home manager Megg Begg said that Cock was still leading a full life up until the day she died. "She still had an interest in her music and food, particularly chocolate cake, and all her family; she was very much a family orientated person."[4] Ricketson said "[s]he was very healthy, she never got sick, she used to eat well and never had anything wrong with her."[4]

Cock was survived by two children, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.[4]

Cock is buried in Burwood Cemetery.[6]

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  1. ^ "Face the facts: Older Australians | Australian Human Rights Commission". Retrieved 2015-08-18. 
  2. ^ "Validated Supercentenarian Cases". Gerontology Research Group. 28 July 2007. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Nursing Older People: Issues and Innovations ISBN 0729578984
  4. ^ a b c d e f Leung, Chee Chee (24 May 2002). "God finally remembers Christina". The Age. Retrieved 11 December 2004. 
  5. ^ a b c "Photo Gallery for Supercentenarians born in the year 1887,". Gerontology Research Group. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Burwood Bulletin Winter 2010". Retrieved 2015-08-18. 

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