Israelite Bay – John Cook worked for the Dempster brothers as a foreman until around 1884 when he joined the post and telegraph services as a linesman at Israelite Bay Telegraph Station.

He married Mary (nee Sinclair) who was from a large family; her brother Laurence Sinclair had discovered gold in Norseman.

John Cook became the manager at the Israelite station during the time he was there. The family consisted of eight sons and four daughters with seven of the children being born at Israelite Bay. The elder son took over a block from the Dempster’s north of Balladonia in about 1889 and established Noondoonia Station.

John Cook – Linesman at Israelite Bay 1884 – 1912.



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