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Anne Fraser Bon

Portrait of a woman with grey hair wearing a high-necked dress and necklaces
Anne Fraser Bon, 1904

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.

A stuffed sulphur-crested cockatoo on a brown perch with a small blue bucket hanging from it
The stuffed remains of ‘Cocky’, Anne Fraser Bon’s sulphur-crested cockatoo, which died in 1925, aged 47
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