Charles Cooper railway engineer
Charles Cooper.

Charles Cooper

Charles Cooper was the oldest of the thirteen known children of shoemaker, Robert Cooper and his wife Elizabeth Fison of Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.

He married Mary East, the daughter of Robert East of Ely, in 1849 and the couple went on to have twelve children. Sadly, one of them died as a baby, and four of them were stillborn.

Charles is noted as working as a bricklayer in 1851, and by 1861 he had become an Engineer.

The family moved around the UK, including to Chesterton, Cambridgeshire, Biscot in Berkshire, and central London, before returning to Ely in the 1870s. It was here that Charles and Mary's marriage fell apart, after Mary committed adultery during the summer of 1873 with a neighbour named George Walton.

Charles soon filed for divorce, and on the court papers he is noted as living in 3 Bainbridge Street, off Oxford Street, London, England - the home of his sister Rebecca Dudley (née Cooper) and nextdoor to his other sister Isabella Allen (née Cooper).

By 1874, and with this unhappy ending to his marriage now behind him, he remarried to Plessina who was about 20 years his junior, and after moving around the country again and having a further nine children - including in Crosby in Lancashire, and time in Merseyside, he went to Australia to advance his engineering in the growing railway industry.

He patented a 'Spark Arrestor' (or 'Spark Injector') that was used in the railway industry.

He returned to London with his family, where he died in Limehouse.

Further Details

1829 at Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.

29th April 1829 at Holy Trinity, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.





11th January 1911, Limehouse, London, England.

January 1911, location not yet known.