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Joseph Cooper arrived in Western Australia in 1830. He selected land within the Murray district under the proposed scheme by Thomas Peel. However he chose to reside with his family in Fremantle due to ‘difficulties’ with the Murray aborigines during the 1830s which made ‘progress’ slow for early settlers in this region. Cooper did not locate to the region until this ‘problem’ with the Murray aborigines was resolved, conflict which is documented as The Battle (or massacre) of Pinjarra. Joseph Cooper Snr began building the mill in 1843 with the help of two of his sons, Thomas and Joseph Jnr as well as a local miller named Josiah Stinton. After Joseph Cooper Senior’s tragic death in 1847 the building of the mill was resumed by his eldest son Joseph Cooper, Stinton and Dan Myerick and was completed in 1847. The mill was in operation by 1850.
Cooper’s Mill was entered into the Register of the National Estate by the Australian Heritage Commission on 1 September 1984. The mill was listed in the Peel Region Municipal Heritage Inventory in 1995. The mill was recognised as a place of cultural heritage significance and listed by the National Trust of Western Australia in 1996. The mill was given a permanent listing on the State Register of Heritage Places in 1997. It remains vested in the Shire of Murray, a local government agency (Considine, Griffiths and Burgess 30).
COOPER, Joseph, b. 1796, d. 11.1847, arr. 12.3.1830 per Warrior with family, m. (U.K.) Elizabeth WRIGHT b. 1795 d. 1876 (Pinjarra). Chd. Elizabeth Ann b. 1823 d. 1888, Rebecca b. 1825 d. 1883, Joseph b. 1826/7 d. 1909, Mary Ann b. 1829, Robert, Maria b. 1832, Thomas Cleland b. 1833/5 d. 1912, James b. 1838. Blacksmith & miller. Granted 640 acres selected in Murray district. Built mill at Yunderup. He died of an accident with his cart at Woodman's Point. Son Joseph carried on the family property at Pinjarra.
COOPER, Joseph, b. 1827? d. 11.10.1909. son of Joseph & Elizabeth (nee Wright), arr. 12.3.1830 per Warrior with parents, m. 17.3.1854 (Frem Wesl) Caroline Hole DUFFIELD b. 19.1.1833 d. 17.12.1919, dtr. of John Hole Duffield & Charlotte. Chd. Clara b. 1855 d. 1922, Mary Ann b. 1856 d. 1950, Caroline b. 1858 d. 1888, Rosa b. 1860 d. 1946, Joseph Foss b. 1863 bp. 1864 d. infancy. Joseph b. 1866 d. 1941, Elizabeth b. 1868 d.1941, Emily b. 1871 d. 1924. Farmer at Redcliffe, Pinjarra & miller at Yundurup in partnership with brothers. Member of Pinjarra Bd. of Educ. 1863-. Mariner Frem. 1860-6. Bt. Frem. Town Lot 1859. C/E.
Pryce, Larissa 2012, Embodying Places: Making Meaning in Performance, PhD dissertation, Murdoch University.
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