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Thomas Harvey COOPER (1865-1918)


Thomas Harvey COOPER, 1918, age 53

Name: Thomas Harvey COOPER1
Sex: Male
Nickname: Tombo
Father: Charles George Harvey COOPER (1827-1886)
Mother: Sarah Catherine WALDECK (1837-1923)

Individual Events and Attributes

Birth 1865 Perth, Western Australia1
Death 1 Mar 1918 (age 52-53) Perth, Western Australia1

Individual Note 1

S. Times 13/8/1922


Roller-skating began in this State ahead of any of the Eastern colonies. The first to put wheels on his boots was the late Tombo Cooper, of the Lands Department and long of Claremont Park. The rink was in the old Fremantle Drill Hall, where many a young Westralian learned the goose-step, the shun, (the right and left turn, …

Individual Note 2



West Australian 4/3/1918


The Late Thomas Harvey Cooper by R.S.H.


There passed away at Claremont last week, in the person of Thomas Harvey Cooper, one of the mist unique characters this State has produced. Born in Perth in 1865, he received his education here, when the school standard was much below that of the present day. But he was naturally a scholar, and possessed a marvellous power of remembering what he read. He had the gift of culling the gem s from an author, and of happily applying them in his conversation. He was keen in the detection of the merits and foibles of public men, and, in an apt phrase, would paint them so vividly you could almost see the character before you in the flesh. Amongst his friends , and they were legion, his droll sayings will never be forgotten. There was never a sting in any of his remarks. Kind and generous in disposition and bearing, he never gave cause for offence. His generosity was unbounded, even perhaps to a fault, but none knew the extent of it. Had he embarked in any career other than the Civil Service, he would have made his mark in the world. But the most deplorable fate befell him, he entered the Lands and Survey Department 34 years ago, and after having devoted his energies and talents in its service, was, like other civil servants, heedlessly cast aside like an old shoe, at a period of his life when it was too late for him to embark in other puruits. And the routine employment of the service unerringly marred his talents. There is probably no other puruit that so surely saps the energy and paralyses the individualism of a person, as doers the Civil Service. Red-tape routine, and retrenchment continually cast shadows over the unfortunate officer, and render his apprehensive. And so it was with him. Though he bore a smiling and buoyant exterior, those who knew him intimately, realised that his character was extremely sensitive. He was retrenched at the end of last year, but the blow was too heavy for him to bear, and within two months he passed silently and peacefully away, respected and mourned by all who had the good fortune to know him. Peace to his ashes!

Individual Note 3



Western Mail 9/3/1918


The Late Thomas Harvey Cooper


(By "H")


By the death of Mr. Thomas Harvey Cooper, which occurred at his residence, Parkside, Claremont, last Friday afternoon, an interesting personality has passed away.

The deceased gentleman was a son of the late C.G.H. Cooper, who, for many years and up to the time of his death, which took place on Boxing Day, 1886, was managing clerk for Messrs. Stone and Burt, the well-known firm of solicitors. The mother of the subject of this notice is Mrs Sarah Cooper, who is a member of the old Waldek family of Greenough, whose forebears landed at Fremantle from London, during the year of the colony's foundation - 1829. Mrs Cooper is now in her eighty-first year, and is among the oldest of living Western Australian born colonists. Among her sisters was the late Mrs. John Stephen Maley, who passed away at Greenough a few months since.

The late Mr. Cooper joined the Department of Lands in the year 1884; and after upwards of 30 years continuous service to the State, he retired upon a pension about two months ago. His knowledge of the State, in which he had resided all his life, with the exception of a visit or two to the Eastern States and Singapore, proved of great service to all those who had dealings with the extensive department with which he was associated, as well as to his fellow officers, while his urbane and cheerful temperament will always be remembered by those who had the privilege of his acquaintance. There are many settlers in the country districts of Western Australia today who feel indebted to the late Thomas Harvey Cooper, for original and other valued information concerning the holdings upon which they have made their homes - information that only he possessed, and concerning which he took a pride in imparting to those in need of it. By the newly-arrived immigrant and the struggling farmer the deceased gentleman was approachable at all hours, within and without his office, with his valuable fund of information. The late Mr. Cooper was a resident of Claremont for upwards of a quarter of a century. Though a man of retiring habits, he identified himself with the progress of that suburb in many ways, and, for several years, held the position of chairman of its roads board. Throughout the area under the control of that local government body there are many monuments to his energy and zeal. Avoiding all ostentatious display, he was the friend of the poor, and there are many who will miss the kindly and open-heartedness of "Tombo" as he was affectionately termed, more particularly the inmates of the Old Men's Home, many of whom made Parkside their halfway house, and where they were always made welcome by their old friend.

Losing his father just as he was entering upon manhood, the late Mr. Cooper bravely assisted his mother in shouldering the responsibility attached to the upbringing and education of his younger brothers and sisters, several of whom are now married and have families of their own in various parts of the State.

The subject of this notice was a prominent Freemason, as was evidenced by the large number of the brethren who assembled at the graveside, representative of every branch of the Order, of which he was a Pastmaster, as well as a foundation member of the Lodge of Emulation, No. 7, W.A.C.

Individual Note 4

Buried Karrakatta Cemetery Wesleyan Section AA Plot no 0169 with parents


1Ainslie Sharpe, "|nformation supplied by Ainslie Sharpe".
Text From Source: |nformation supplied by Ainslie Sharpe (descendant of Charles George Harvey Cooper) of
Graham Hoadly.