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Julia Gretchen Harper (?–1898)

The death of Mrs. Charles Harper, which was announced in these columns yesterday, took place at her residence, Newcastle, on the 9th inst., removes another figure from the fast narrowing circle of the colony's pioneers. The deceased lady was a granddaughter of Lionel Lukin, the inventor of the lifeboat. She was a native of England, and came to the colony about seven years after its foundation, with her husband, afterwards the Rev. Charles Harper, to whom she was married in England shortly before her departure. Mr. Harper, who had been trained for the legal profession, and who had not at that time taken holy orders, had been induced to emigrate on account of the liberal terms offered for the acquisition of land which, had, however, been very greatly modified before he reached the colony. Mrs. Harper and her husband resided for a shore time at Guildford, and afterwards at Spring Hill, near Northam, and next at Nardine, near Newcastle. Mr. Charles Harper was ordained early in the fifties, by Bishop Short, of Adelaide, whose diocese at that time included Western Australia, a special journey to Adelaide for the ordination ceremony being necessary. His charge first included the whole of the eastern districts, from Toodyay to Beverley, a district which was subsequently reduced in size by the separation from it of the York and Northam parishes. The Rev. Charles Harper died in the early seventies. The issue of the marriage was four daughters and one son, the latter being Mr. Charles Harper, M.L.A. The deceased lady, who was in her 86th year, retained her full faculties to the end.

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'Harper, Julia Gretchen (?–1898)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 27 May 2024.

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  • Lukin, Julia Gretchen

9 August, 1898
Toodyay, Western Australia, Australia

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