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Christina Cock
Christina Cock
Birth: 25 December 1887
Gorae, Victoria, Australia
Death: 22 May 2002
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Age: 114 years, 148 days
Country: AustraliaAUS

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. At the time of her death, she was one of the 100 oldest verified people of all time.[2]


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.[3]

Following the death of 109-year-old Mary MacPherson on 11 December 1996, she became the oldest living Australian, aged 108.[4] Five years later, on 21 November 2000, Cock broke the Australian longevity record of 112 years 330 days, which was set by Caroline Mockridge (11 December 1874 – 6 November 1987).[4]

At the time of Cock's death, she was the second-oldest person in the world. She missed becoming the world's oldest person by just six days (Grace Clawson of the United States, born 15 November 1887 in the UK, 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.[3]

Her daughter, Lesley Ricketson (13 February 1917 – 31 August 2020) died at the age of 103 years, 200 days.[5]


On 22 May 2002, Cock died in her sleep, due to a lung infection, with her 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 orientated person. Ricketson said "[s]he 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.


Australia's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • TE)

Helen DunbarJessie PearceClara ByrneAda SharpHonora CorriganMary KeeferJosephine GasseElizabeth SwattonSamuel RoweSarah Potter • Jane Piercy • Mary NixonCaroline Mockridge • Agnes Dodds • Mary Hurley • Ada WhitfieldBeatrice Pollock • Gertie Nesbitt • Kit St. Clair • Ada Cleggett • Ada Stockdale • Mary MacPherson • Christina Cock • Jessie Hurley • Alice Lindsay • Sarah DaveyMyra Nicholson • E. Beatrice Riley • John Campbell Ross • Miriam Schmierer • Eva McConnell • Jane Gray • Vi Robbins • Ethel Farrell • Mary Whitehurst • Marjorie CookeMargaret VivianWilhelmina OverallAgnes Kluckhenn • Mabel CrosbyDexter KrugerIvy TateIna Reid