Sir Daniel Cooper
1st  Baronet


Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, 1888[1]
Knighted, 1857[2]

Positions Held

Acting Agent-General for New South Wales in England, 1897-99[3]
Member of the royal commission for the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London, 1886[2]
Chairman of the London Committee of the Sydney International Exhibition, 1881[2]
First Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales, 1856-60[1]
President of the Bank of New South Wales, 1855-61[2]
A magistrate, 1851[2]
Commission of the Peace, 1851[2]
Member in the Legislative Council, 1849-51 and 1855-56[2]
Director of the Bank of New South Wales, 1847[2]
Director of the Sydney Railway Co., 1850[2]

Main Events

A merchant and philanthropist, he went to Sydney with his parents, but returned to England at the age of fourteen to complete his studies. He worked for his uncle in London in 1842. He directed the Cooper Brothers company in 1852 which was said to be the most extensive mercantile house in the Australian colonies. He inherited further wealth from his uncle in 1853, and he owned extensive properties around Sydney and in the western district. He built Woollahra House at Point Piper in 1856, but returned to England permanently in 1861 where he continued to be an advocate of colonial interests.[2]

Place of birth: Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, England[1]
Place of death: Kensignton[2]


1. Burke, B. and A. P. Burke. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, the Privy Council, and Knightage. London: Burke's Peerage, Ltd, 1949.

2. Pike, D., gen. ed. Australian Dictionary of Biography. Volume 3, 1851-1890, A-C. Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1969.

3. C.F.J. Hankinson, ed. Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage, and Companionage, 1955. London: Odhams Press, Limited., 1955.

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