THE 1788 - 1820 PIONEER ASSOCIATION INC.

THE PEOPLE IN THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LACHLAN AND ELIZABETH MACQUARIE

Robert Edward Cooper.

Born: c1759 in Derbyshire, England.
Arrived Sydney: 10th October 1811.
Vessel:
Anne.
Status: Came Free.
Married:
Ellen in c1769 in England.
Occupation:
Blacksmith, Soldier, Sexton, Teacher.
Died: 15th November 1837 at Parramatta, N.S.W.
Buried:
St John’s Cemetery Parramatta, N.S.W.
Father:
George Cooper.
Mother: Faith Stephenson.

Profile:
Prior to the Macquarie era the following children were born to Robert and Ellen.
Ann born c1799 in England.
Faith born in c1800 in England.
Hannah born in c1804 in England.

Profile:
Robert arrived at Port Jackson with his wife and children as a member of the 73rd Regiment, two years later because of his age or physical condition; he was transferred to the Veteran’s Company and stationed at Parramatta. He was moved to Windsor where he became the sexton at St Mathew’s Windsor, he was also a Sunday school teacher. The Veteran Company was disbanded in 1823 and Robert was discharged, he became a teacher at the Field of Mars School. He later returned to his position of sexton at St Mathew’s. Later he taught his trade at the Male Orphan School and served as sexton at St Luke’s Liverpool.

Robert married Ellen in England, and all of his children were born in England.

Submited by Association Member, Rex Webb.

References:
R. H. Montague, Macquarie’s Veterans.
The Register of Pioneer Families, Series ll, Volume 4, the 1788-1820 Pioneer Association Inc.