Daniel Cooper

Positions Held

Director of the Bank of New South Wales, 1828[1]

Main Events

A merchant, banker, investor, and shipowner, Cooper had been transported to Sydney for life as a convict in 1816 after being convicted in 1815 at Chester for stealing. In 1818, he received a conditional pardon, and in 1821, an absolute pardon. He soon began his business ventures, opening a general store and investing in shipping. He became a partner in Hutchinson, Terry & Co. in 1821, which was originally a flour-milling company, but by 1822, it became involved in banking. In 1825, he and Solomon Levey became the sole owners, and the company became known as Cooper and Levey. The company was to achieve enormous success as it became largely involved in shipping and exporting goods internationally. Cooper also established the Australian Brewery in 1824, and was a founder of the Sydney Chamber of Commerce. He was active in campaigns for equal rights for emancipists. His second wife Hannah had also been sentenced to transportation to Sydney for fourteen years for theft in 1816. His nephew Sir Daniel Cooper was named his principal heir.[1]

Place of birth: Bolton, Lancashire[1]
Place of marriage: St Philip's Church, Sydney[1]
Place of death: Brighton, England[1]



1. Pike, D., gen. ed. Australian Dictionary of Biography. Volume 1, 1788-1850, A-H. Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1966.


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