Death of historian Rita Cox

NOTED Derwent Valley historian Rita Cox has died, aged in her 80s. A long-time resident of Magra, her books on the history of New Norfolk and districts can be found in libraries throughout Tasmania.

Her works included New Norfolk Pioneers and Homes, Series I (1981) and Series II (1982), New Norfolk’s History and Achievements (1986), St Paul’s Uniting Church (formerly the Methodist Church) New Norfolk (1986), Centenary of St Peter’s Church (1987), Historic New Norfolk – St Matthew’s Church Burial Records (1993), Historic New Norfolk – North Circle Public Cemetery Records (1995), Memoirs of J.J. (Joe) Cowburn (1998) and Historic New Norfolk – From New Norfolk to Back River (1998).

The widow of returned serviceman and public servant Reg Cox, Mrs Cox had also been prominent in community affairs. For a time she was the New Norfolk correspondent for the ABC. In 1983 she was named the New Norfolk citizen of the year and in 1999 she received an RSL Australia Day achievement medallion for her dedication to researching and recording the history of New Norfolk.

Born in 1924, Mrs Cox died at the Royal Hobart Hospital on July 11, 2008. She is survived by son Leigh, daughter Faye, and eight grandchildren.

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