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Little is known about Duncan Cooper's early life before his arrival in Melbourne.
In 1841, with business partners George and Harry Thompson, he took up the Challicum pastoral run in the Western District of Victoria, where they bred pure merino sheep. Cooper returned to England in1854.
His sketchbook, Collection of Drawings Made at Challicum, is a collection of watercolours documenting life on the land. Cooper also painted views of Sydney, Tasmania and Western Australia using photographs as references. The National Library of Australia acquired the Challicum sketchbook in 1960.
Source: Extracted from: Wrigley, J.W. (2013) Eucalypt Flowers, National Library of Australia, Canberra.