Anne Fraser Bon, grazier, and 'Cocky'
In late 1917, Anne Fraser Bon loaned her pet cockatoo to No. 1 Rest Home in Melbourne.
She thought Cocky would cheer up the wounded soldiers who were undergoing rehabilitation and retraining. Cocky quickly learned their colourful language and even picked up a few words of German.
A patient at No. 1 Rest Home trained Cocky to sit on his shoulder when he went out for a walk. Worried that Cocky would fly off, Bon asked for his return. Cocky died in 1925, aged 47.
Bon successfully managed her family’s cattle properties while being a generous philanthropist involved in Aboriginal, migrant and mental health issues.
After the war, she donated £20 each Christmas to every blinded soldier in Victoria.