Pioneer honoured


Wanneroo pioneers Rose Marinovich, Margaret Cockman and Nick Trandos.
Wanneroo pioneers Rose Marinovich, Margaret Cockman and Nick Trandos.

The 84-year-old Wanneroo pioneer has had roles as secretary and pavilion co-ordinator since starting with the society in 1946, which runs the annual Wanneroo Agricultural Show.

“Everyone gives me top praise for it but I’ve always had my family helping,” she said. “And locals give up their time, which then gives me time; otherwise I wouldn’t be able to do my role.”

Ms Cockman’s commitment was recognised at the Wanneroo Agricultural Society’s annual dinner in December where she was presented with a lifetime achievement award by fellow pioneers Nick Trandos and Rose Marinovich.

“It was a big shock to me, I didn’t know it was coming,” she said.

Highlights of her involvement with the show included when Wanneroo received electricity in 1954, allowing the event to run into the night, its centenary celebration in 2009 and in 1980, when the Margaret Cockman Pavilion was created in her honour, which she jokingly calls “my tin shed”.

“The thing about (the show), is it’s got such a wonderful community atmosphere,” she said.

“It’s been my life.”

Mr Trandos said no one else had committed as much to the Society as Ms Cockman.

“Margaret is an exceptional person and has done more than anyone else has or is going to do,” he said.