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David Hancock came to Fremantle in 1853 as an EPG, and later taught with Sir Henry Briggs at the Fremantle Grammar School in High Street. His obituary notes that he was one of the founders of the Fremantle Literary Institute and was a life member of the Mechanics and Working Men’s Institute.
His daughters ran a school in the Wesley Chapel building in Cantonment Street, c. 1891-1904.
HANCOCK, David, b. 20.10.1820, d. 3.3.1900 (Frem), son of John & Dinah, arr. 7.2.1853 per Dudbrook as an Enrolled Pensioner Guard, m. 1.11.1853 (Frem C/E) Elizabeth GRAY b. 29.7.1834 (Ireland) d. 28.12.1899 (Frem), dtr. of Simeon. Chd. Elizabeth b. 1857 d. 1857, Susan b. 1859 d. 1952, Dinah Ann b. 1861 d. 1927, David Letchford b. 1864 d. 1905, Elizabeth Emma b. 1868 d. 1952, Hinnie Lydia b. 1875 d. 1947, Mary Charlotte b.1879 d. 1960. Formerly Private 45th Regt. Fremantle Commissariat Storekeeper 1862-76. Resided at 60 Attfield St. Teacher at Fremantle Grammar School & in 1876 was contractor with Convict Dept . C/E .
EPF entry for David Hancock.
DEATH OF AN OLD COLONIST.
Mr. David Hancock, sen.
By the death of Mr. David Hancock, sen., who expired at his residence, Attfield-street, Fremantle, on Saturday morning, another one of our oldest colonists has been removed. The deceased gentleman, who was in his 80th year, died from senile decay. The late Mr. Hancock was born at Kensington, England, and arrived in the colony in 1853. Prior to coming to Western Australia he was a member of the 42th Foot, Sherwood Foresters, and spent seven years in South Africa. He served under Sir Harry Smith in Cape Colony, and was present at the surrender of Pietermaritzburg. Shortly after has arrival in this colony he joined the Commissariat Deportment as conductor of stores. He was afterwards transferred to a post in the Convict Department, where he remained till 1889, when he retired on a pension. The deceased gentleman actively interested himself in the work of philanthropic institutions, and was ever ready to assist in any entertainment organised for a charitable object. He was one of the founders of the Fremantle Literary Institute and was a life member of the Mechanics and Working Men's Institute. As a citizen he gained the respect and esteem of all with whom he came in contact. He leaves a family of five daughters and one son, Mr. David L. Hancock, an officer of the Fremantle Municipal Council. The funeral of the late Mr. Hancock took place yesterday afternoon, the remains being interred in the Church of England portion of the new Fremantle Cemetery. The cortege was a very large and representative one. Archdeacon Watkins conducted the burial service, and the funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. A. E. Davies.
His residence at 60 Attfield Street is now St Ursula's Convent. The 'foundation stone' refers to the year 1969.
Fremantle Shipping News.
Erickson, Dictionary of West Australians.
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