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Cooper, Frederick Augustus (Fred) (1834–1908)

Mr. Frederick Augustus Cooper, a well-known Victorian barrister, died in Melbourne this morning.

He was the son of the late Mr. Robert Cooper, of Juniper Hall, Sydney, a large distiller, and owner of the Brisbane Distillery, which was situated where Tooth's Brewery now stands, in George-street West. Mr. Cooper was born in Sydney in 1834, and was one of the original members of the first Reform Parliament, having been elected in June, 1859, for Braidwood. defeating Mr. G. B. Simpson (now Mr. Justice Simpson) by a large majority; and his picture is included in group now hanging in the vestibule of Parliament House, Macquarie-street.

He was an uncle of Sir Pope Cooper (Chief Justice of Queensland), and was called to the Bar in Sydney on March 1, 1864, and, with the exception of Sir Julian Salomons, he was the oldest member of the New South Wales Bar. Shortly after his admission Mr. Cooper went to Queensland, where he was admitted to the Bar in August, 1864. While in the northern State he went into politics, and at one time represented Cairns in the Queensland Legislature. He was a great friend and supporter of Sir Thomas McIlwraith.

Having spent some time in the northern State, he went to New Zealand, where he practised for a time, after which he went to Melbourne, and being admitted to the Bar there in April, 1883, has resided and practised in Victoria ever since. He appeared in the Supreme Court only a few days ago.

Mr. Cooper was married to a daughter of the late Mr. J. B. Watson, the founder of Bendigo, and was a brother-in-law of Sir Malcolm McEacharn, now residing in England. His widow, who lives at St. Kilda, Melbourne, and six daughters survive him. One of the daughters is the wife of Mr. Leonard Dobbin, solicitor, and another is married to Mr. Frederick Lakeham, merchant, both of Sydney.

The deceased gentleman was also a brother in-law of Mr. W. Walker, M.L.C., of Windsor, who died in June last.

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'Cooper, Frederick Augustus (Fred) (1834–1908)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 29 October 2020.

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