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John Chipper was born in 1805 in West Tarring, Sussex, and died 29 January 1871 in Claremont. He married Mary Whidby on 22 April 1829 in Broadwater, Sussex, England. She was born 10 August 1811 in Tarring, Worthing Borough, West Sussex, and died on 29 October 1878 at her residence, Hay Street, Perth. John Chipper was buried after 29 January 1871 in East Perth Cemetery, plot 509. He had arrived 12 October 1829 per Caroline with his wife, who was buried 29 October 1978 in East Perth Cemetery, plot 509.
CHIPPER, John, b. 1805 (England), d. 29.1.1871 (Perth), arr. 12.10.1829 per Caroline with wife. m. (U.K.) Mary WHITBY b. 1809 d. 28.10.1878 (Perth). Chd. Thomas b. 1831 d. 1903, Richard William b. 1833 d. 1888, Stephen James b. 1835 d. 1886, Mary Jane Olive b. 1837 d. 1839, George Fred Whitby b. 1843 d. 1878, Jane Frances b. 1845 d. 1931, John Charles b. 1847 d. 1906, Henry Edward b. 1649 d. 1856. Labourer, indentured to Hentys & with them to Tasmania without his family 2.1833 per Thistle returning at end of year. 1st paid Police Constable Perth 1843-1850; poundkeeper & collector & member of Town Trust; Bailiff 1849-1871. Merchant & Inspector of Weights & Measures 1860s.
Perth Gazette and West Australian Times, Friday 3 February 1871, page 3.
MR. JOHN CHIPPER.—We regret to announce this week the death of an old and
well-known colonist, Mr. John Chipper, which sad event took place at his
residence in Hay Street on Sunday last. Mr. Chipper was one of the early
settlers and by perseverance and industry secured for himself and family a
competency. The deceased had also been for more than twenty five years
Bailiff of the Supreme Court, and there are few settlers to whom the deceased
was not well known and highly respected. His remains were followed to their
last resting place by a large number of friends and citizens and by the members
of the Perth Lodge of Oddfellows, of which the deceased was a member.
Inquirer and Commercial News, Wednesday 8 February 1871, page 2.
DEATH. CHIPPER.—At his residence, Perth, Jan. 29, after an illness of long
duration, Mr. Jno. Chipper; aged 65 years. Deceased held various and
responsible offices under the Local Government for a period of thirty years, and
was much respected throughout the colony. He was one of the earliest settlers
of Western Australia, having arrived by one of the first ships - the Caroline - in the
latter part of the year 1829.
Western Mail, Thursday 11 February 1932, page 23.
Memorial Tablet Dedicated.
About 300 persons gathered at the base of a huge granite rock at the top of
Green-mount, and listened with interest on the night of February 3, while
speakers tried to recreate for them the life of a century ago. and particularly the
thrilling incidents of February 3. 1832, when John Chipper and Reuben
Beecham were attacked by blacks. The occasion was the unveiling of a tablet
placed by the Western Australian Historical Society on the rock known as
Chipper's Leap. The deviation in the York-road, which is being constructed by
the Main Roads Board, sweeps in a graceful curve around the foot of the rock.
On the other side of the road the ground falls steeply down a virgin gully. Far to
the west, on the coastal plain, myriad lights of the city were twinkling. The
listeners, with that scene before them, were carried back to the time when the
whole population of the State was a matter of hundreds, when the chief
agricultural area was just above Guildford, and the largest crop of wheat was
one of 15 acres, and when all that was over the hills was a handful of settlers in
the newly-opened district of York. Carrying provisions to those settlers, John
Chipper and Beecham, a boy, were driving a cart over Greenmount when they
were attacked by blacks. The boy was killed almost instantly, but Chipper,
though wounded in one arm and having a spear sticking in his side, escaped by
jumping over the rock that now bears his name. None of the blacks dared to follow him. The dedication of the tablet last week was performed by Mr. Steve
Chipper, a grandson of John Chipper and a member of the council of the
Historical Society and other speakers on historical subjects included Mr. Aubrey
Green (a grand-nephew of Beecham) and Mr. P. Hasluck (hon. secretary of the
society). Mr. I. T. Birtwistle (chairman of the council of the society), who
presided, made an appeal for the preservation of historical monuments and for
the furthering of research. Votes of thanks were moved by Mr. P. E. C. de
Mouncey and Mrs. E. D Cowan.
Many thanks to Robert Ward for an invaluable, comprehensive genealogy of the Chipper family, and for the photo above.
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