Pope Alexander Cooper, 18481923 (aged 75 years)

Name
Pope Alexander /Cooper/
Given names
Pope Alexander
Surname
Cooper
Birth May 12, 1848 36 33

Australian Dictionary of Biography records his birth year as 1846.

Education
matriculation
1864 (aged 15 years)
Note: Agency:Sydney Grammar School

Agency:Sydney Grammar School Pope was first placed with private tutors. Later at Sydney Grammar School he was well grounded in the classics and mathematics which became a lifelong joy.

Education
Master of Arts
1868 (aged 19 years)
Note: Agency:University of Sydney

Agency:University of Sydney Pope was a friendly rival of Sir Edmund Barton and Samuel Griffiths at university, and he won several scholarships. He graduated with an MA in 1868.

Education
Barrister
June 6, 1872 (aged 24 years)
Note: Agency:University of London

Agency:University of London Pope went to London and enrolled at the Middle Temple, passed the intermediate law examination of the University of London in 1871 and was called to the Bar on 6 Jun 1872.

MarriageAlice Frener CooperView this family
August 19, 1873 (aged 25 years)
Occupation
Crown Prosecutor
1878 (aged 29 years)

Note: Agency:Supreme Court of Queensland

Agency:Supreme Court of Queensland Pope returned to Australia in 1874. He was admitted to the Queensland Bar on 13 May, entered the Public Service, and advanced to Crown Prosecutor in the Northern District Supreme Court in 1878.

Occupation
Attorney General for Queensland and member for Bowen
January 24, 1881 (aged 32 years)
Note: Agency:Queensland Government

Agency:Queensland Government After the death of Henry Rogers Beor, Sir Thomas McIlwraith appointed Pope his attorney-general. The appointment was ratified on 24 Jan 1881 when Pope won Beor's Bowen seat. Though unhappy in politics, Pope held his office and seat until 5 Jan 1883.

Occupation
Judge
January 5, 1883 (aged 34 years)

Note: Agency:Queensland Supreme Court

Agency:Queensland Supreme Court Pope was appointed to the northern bench of the Queensland Supreme Court. He was noted for severity in criminal cases. For much of his 12 years in the north, Pope's ability was obscured by a quarrel over his circuit travelling expenses which, because of his extravagant tastes, were often excessive. This was aggravated when new circuits to Mackay, Charters Towers, Cairns and Normanton were established during his incumbency and made his allowance of 400 pounds inadequate. His threat to close a circuit before before completion brought some relief. Northern service was a martyrdom to one of his cultured taste, but he spent as much long leave as he could arrange in Britain and the south.

Occupation
Chief Justice
October 21, 1903 (aged 55 years)

Note: Agency:High Court of Queensland

Agency:High Court of Queensland He was elevated in October 1895 to senior puisine judge in Brisbane. When Griffith became Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, the Morgan ministry appointed Pope chief justice of Queensland. His colleague Patrick Real complained publicly when he was being congratulated, but was placated. Pope was knighted in 1904. His judicial style has been described as 'grand, pompous, arrogant'. There had been objections to his exaggerated view of judicial dignity in 1888 when he censured a country policeman for disrespect, and in 1889 when he reacted savagely to a personal attack on himself. In 1903 he began trying to secure through legal processes the exemption of judges from income tax; the case failed before the High Court in June 1907.

On 30 March 1922, under the Judges Retirement Act of 1921, Pope was removed from office as he was well over 70.

Occupation
Chancellor
between 1915 and 1922 (aged 73 years)
Note: Agency:University of Queensland

Agency:University of Queensland In 1912, Pope joined the Senate of the University of Queensland and was chancellor from 1915 until 1922. Described when young as 'an enthusiastic sportsman and capital shot', he enjoyed racing, bowls and golf and had a taste for wine and music.

Death August 30, 1923 (aged 75 years)

Most of his estate, valued for probate at 3142 pounds, went to his unmarried daughter (his wife having pre-deceased him).

Burial

Pope was given a state funeral and buried in the Anglican section of Toowong Cemetery by the archbishop of Queensland.

Family with parents
father
18111885
Birth: July 14, 1811 34London, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Death: July 12, 1885Double Bay, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
mother
18141891
Birth: November 16, 1814 38 29New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 26, 1891Double Bay, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: April 27, 1837Lake George, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
-4 months
elder brother
18361858
Birth: 1836 24 21
Death: 1858Paddington, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
elder brother
18371884
Birth: 1837 25 22New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1884Argyle, Northern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
elder brother
18391882
Birth: June 6, 1839 27 24New South Wales, Australia
Death: September 28, 1882Orange, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
23 months
elder brother
18411914
Birth: April 17, 1841 29 26
Death: March 16, 1914Australia?
4 years
elder sister
4 years
elder brother
18471922
Birth: 1847 35 32New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1922Woollahra, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
17 months
himself
18481923
Birth: May 12, 1848 36 33Lake George, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 30, 1923Chelmer, Queensland, Australia
3 years
younger sister
18511916
Birth: August 3, 1851 40 36Lake George, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1916Goulburn, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
younger sister
1854
Birth: January 15, 1854 42 39Lake George, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
Family with Alice Frener Cooper
himself
18481923
Birth: May 12, 1848 36 33Lake George, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 30, 1923Chelmer, Queensland, Australia
wife
Marriage
Marriage: August 19, 1873Kensington, England, United Kingdom
2 years
daughter
4 years
son
18781941
Birth: 1878 29Queensland, Australia
Death: 1941Coonamble, Central Western Slopes and Plains, New South Wales, Australia
6 years
daughter
3 years
daughter
BirthView

Australian Dictionary of Biography records his birth year as 1846.

Education

Agency:Sydney Grammar School Pope was first placed with private tutors. Later at Sydney Grammar School he was well grounded in the classics and mathematics which became a lifelong joy.

Education

Agency:University of Sydney Pope was a friendly rival of Sir Edmund Barton and Samuel Griffiths at university, and he won several scholarships. He graduated with an MA in 1868.

Education

Agency:University of London Pope went to London and enrolled at the Middle Temple, passed the intermediate law examination of the University of London in 1871 and was called to the Bar on 6 Jun 1872.

Occupation

Agency:Supreme Court of Queensland Pope returned to Australia in 1874. He was admitted to the Queensland Bar on 13 May, entered the Public Service, and advanced to Crown Prosecutor in the Northern District Supreme Court in 1878.

Occupation

Agency:Queensland Government After the death of Henry Rogers Beor, Sir Thomas McIlwraith appointed Pope his attorney-general. The appointment was ratified on 24 Jan 1881 when Pope won Beor's Bowen seat. Though unhappy in politics, Pope held his office and seat until 5 Jan 1883.

Occupation

Agency:Queensland Supreme Court Pope was appointed to the northern bench of the Queensland Supreme Court. He was noted for severity in criminal cases. For much of his 12 years in the north, Pope's ability was obscured by a quarrel over his circuit travelling expenses which, because of his extravagant tastes, were often excessive. This was aggravated when new circuits to Mackay, Charters Towers, Cairns and Normanton were established during his incumbency and made his allowance of 400 pounds inadequate. His threat to close a circuit before before completion brought some relief. Northern service was a martyrdom to one of his cultured taste, but he spent as much long leave as he could arrange in Britain and the south.

Occupation

Agency:High Court of Queensland He was elevated in October 1895 to senior puisine judge in Brisbane. When Griffith became Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, the Morgan ministry appointed Pope chief justice of Queensland. His colleague Patrick Real complained publicly when he was being congratulated, but was placated. Pope was knighted in 1904. His judicial style has been described as 'grand, pompous, arrogant'. There had been objections to his exaggerated view of judicial dignity in 1888 when he censured a country policeman for disrespect, and in 1889 when he reacted savagely to a personal attack on himself. In 1903 he began trying to secure through legal processes the exemption of judges from income tax; the case failed before the High Court in June 1907.

On 30 March 1922, under the Judges Retirement Act of 1921, Pope was removed from office as he was well over 70.

Occupation

Agency:University of Queensland In 1912, Pope joined the Senate of the University of Queensland and was chancellor from 1915 until 1922. Described when young as 'an enthusiastic sportsman and capital shot', he enjoyed racing, bowls and golf and had a taste for wine and music.

DeathView

Most of his estate, valued for probate at 3142 pounds, went to his unmarried daughter (his wife having pre-deceased him).

BurialView

Pope was given a state funeral and buried in the Anglican section of Toowong Cemetery by the archbishop of Queensland.

Shared note

BURI: CEME Toowong Cemetery