25 December 1887
Gorae, (near Portland), Colony of Victoria
(now Victoria, Australia)
|💀Died||22 May 2002|
(aged 114 years, 148 days)
Blackburn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
(aged 114 years, 148 days)22 May 2002
|Oldest verified person from Oceania|
Christina Cock (née Clay; 25 December 1887 – 22 May 2002) is recorded as the oldest verified person from Australia as well as Oceania. She was aged 114 years, 148 days when she died, with her life spanning through years in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
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.
Following the death of 110-year-old Ada Cleggett on 8 December 1995, she became the oldest living person in Australia at age 107. 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).
At the time of her death, Cock was the second-oldest living person in the world behind British-born American woman Grace Clawson who was just 40 days older (born 15 November 1887) and died 28 May 2002 aged 114 years, 194 days, just six days after Cock, if excluding Japanese woman Kamato Hongo who was believed to be born 16 September 1887 and the oldest living person; however, Hongo's claimed age is now debunked.
Cock lived independently until she was 109 years old, when she broke her hip during a fall.
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. 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-oriented person." Ricketson said "She was very healthy, she never got sick, she used to eat well and never had anything wrong with her."
Cock was survived by two children, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
Cock is buried at Burwood Cemetery.
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