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HARPER, Charles, b. 15.7.1842 (Toodyay), d. 20.4.1912, son of Rev. Charles Harper, m. 31.3.1879 (Guildford) Fanny de BURGH b. 6.1.1849 d. 25.11.1925, dtr. of Robert & Clara. Chd. Charles WaIter b. 1880 d. 1956, Clara Julia b. 1881 d. 1969, Harcourt Robert b. 1882 d. 1957, Gresley Tatlock b. 1884 d. 1915 AlP, Prescott Henry b. 1886 d. 1957. Mary Elizabeth b. 1888, Mildred Louisa b. 1888 d. 1960, Wilfrid Lukin b. 1890 d. 1915 AIF, Geoffrey Hillesden b. 1892 d. 1893, Aileen Fanny b. 1895. Agriculturist, pastoralist, pearler & Perth businessman. Farmed at Bever1ey until 20 yrs of age. Explored East of Avon to Yilgarn in 1861 & 1864 with Clarkson Dempster & Lukin. To North West 1866 pearling with S. Viveash 1867- 1879. Employed 2 T/L men 1870 at "Haisthorpe". Partner in "De Grey Station" 1871-78. "Yanrey St." - 1904. Built "Woodbridge" Guildford 1885 (National Trust Property). Part owner of "West Australian (WA Times)" 1879-1912 & introduced "Western Mail". Influential in Agric. Co-op movement; est. of Guildford Grammar School; MLC 1878-1895 for North Prov, York & [MLA for] Beverley in succession. Speaker 1903-4. To London with sister & returned per Assam 2.12.1876. Visited Melbourne with family 4.4.1886 per Franklin. C/E. Commemorated in 1979 in a brass plaque in Perth pavement for year 1905.
Woodbridge, near Guildford, was named by James Stirling, and he built a cottage there which is not extant. The current Woodbridge House was built by Charles Harper for his wife Fanny de Burgh and family, commencing in 1883. They were able to move in by 1885, and lived there with their ten children and staff. They started a school in the house in 1885 for their and their neighbours' children, until 1900, when a separate school building was erected. That was later purchased by the Church of England and was the origin of the Guildford Grammar School - which operated in Woodbridge House until 1921.
Battye, O.K. 1972, entry in ADB.
Crowley, F.K. 1960, Australia's Western Third, London.
Erickson, Rica 1987, Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australians, UWAP (entry above).
Kimberly, W. B. 1897, entry for Charles Harper in his History of West Australia, Melbourne.
Mercer, F.R. 1958, The Life of Charles Harper, Perth.
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