"Sydney" [Sir Daniel Cooper.]
Vanity Fair. Jany. 21 1882.
Chromolithograph, sheet 380 x 265mm. 15 x 10½".
Sir Daniel Cooper (1821 - 1902), merchant and philanthropist who went to Sydney, Australia in 1843. Though he left for England in 1861 and never again resided permanently in New South Wales, he continued to serve the colony. He acted frequently as agent-general for New South Wales, attending to such matters as the negotiation and supervision of mail contracts, and occasionally rendering special services such as the inquiries which culminated in the selection in 1888 of Edward Eddy as chief commissioner for railways in New South Wales. In 1881 he was chairman of the London Committee of the Sydney International Exhibition and in 1886 sat on the royal commission for the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London. He was associated with the Royal Colonial Institute, warmly advocated imperial federation and in 1880 published A Federal British Empire the Best Defence of the Mother Country and her Colonies. In 1857 Cooper was elected to the Senate of the University of Sydney and became a generous benefactor.
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