Amelia Wiedhofft
b. London 1850,
m. Charles Cooper, Holloway 1875
d. Ballerat, Australia 1923


Frederick Gottleib Wiedhofft & Mary Elizabeth (Ruppersburg)


Frederick Augustus & Amelia (Pike)


Mary 1851
Frederick 1853
Charlotte 1855
Charles 1856
Ann 1859
William Alfred 1861
Arthur 1863
Louisa Florence 1865
____ with Emma____
Mark 1876
Emma 1878


Louisa Mary 1877 Mddx.
George 1879 Mddx.
Annie Cleo 1881 UK died at birth
Jessie Amelia UK died at birth1881
Frederick Alston 1887 Australia
Robert Hawthorn 1890 Australia
Ethel Janet 1893 Australia?

White Star Line SS Ionic 1883
Notes about The Ionic.
4,748 gross tons, length 439.9ft x beam 44.2ft, one funnel, four masts, single screw, speed 13 knots, accommodation for 70-1st and 900-3rd class passengers. Built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for Shaw Savill & Albion Line in Dec.1883, she entered service initially under charter to the New Zealand Shipping Co. and started her maiden voyage London to Wellington on 26th Apr.1883. On 3rd Dec.1884 she started her first voyage from London to Cape Town, Port Chalmers, Lyttelton and Wellington on the joint White Star / Shaw Savill Line service

Bussorah Merchant
Charles father George first travelled to Australia with his wife Eliza Louisa (Stavenden) and daughter Sarah (b. Aug 1840) on the ‘Alexander’ (27 December 1841) and returned to England in January 1851 on board the ‘Bussorah Merchant’. They were accompanied by their children Sarah, Louisa, Jessie and Hampdem William. William died during the voyage

.Follow this link for a transcript of his journey home in 1851 (pdf 760k)

The Family of Amelia Wiedhofft (Cooper)

Amelia was born to Frederick and Amelia (Pike) Wiedhofft on the 12th May 1850 with the birth registered in Clerkenwell. Although the 1851 census shows her as an 11 year old born in Pentonville, Mddx. this should read 11 months.

1851 Census 20 Goswell Terrace, Clerkenwell
Name (Do =Ditto) Relation Condition Age M Age F Occupation Born
Frederic A Wiedshaft, Head Mar 27   Furrier employing 6 women, 1 man and 1 boy London
Amelia Do Wife Mar   24   Do
Amelia Do Daur     11   Pentonville, London

By the time of the 1861 census she had moved between various addresses in the Clerkenwell/Shoreditch area of London. In the household were her parents, younger sisters Mary and Ann and younger brother Frederick. Although only 10 years old she had already seen the death of baby sister Charlotte aged only three months (1855) and two year old brother Charles (1858). Her mother was again heavily pregnant with William Alfred.

1861 Census RG9-202 18 Regent Street, City Road, St Lukes, Holborn, London
Frederick Augt Wiedhofft Head Marr 37 Furrier St Geo. the Martyr, London
Amelia Wife Marr 34   St Sepulcre, Middx
Amelia Daur   10 Scholar Clerkenwell
Mary Daur   9 Scholar Clerkenwell
Frederick Son   8 Scholar Clerkenwell
Ann Daur   1   Hackney

In 1864 another baby brother (Arthur) was to pass away before his first birthday.

Sister Louisa Florence was born in the March quarter of 1865 in the St Lukes parish of Holborn.

1871 Census 29 Cross Street, St Mary, Islington
Fredk A Wiedhofft (t looks like an s) Head Mar 47   Furrier employs 1 man 2 boys & 10 women St George the Martyr London
Amelia wife Mar   44   St Sepulcre London
Amelia dau Unm   20 Student Clerkenwell
Mary dau unm   19 Scholar Clerkenwell
Annie dau     11 scholar Hackney
Wm Alfrd son   9   scholar St Lukes London
Louisa F dau     6   St Lukes
Maria Mildenhall servt unm   28 servant (domestic) Bethnal Green
Mary Coleman lodger widow   79 annuitant Clerkenwell

In the last quarter of 1873 Amelia's mother (Amelia) died.

On the 5th July 1875 Amelia married Charles Alfred Cooper at Holloway Congregational Church (Charles Alfred Cooper, 23, batchelor, brewers agent, 20 Tyndale place, father George Cooper (deceased), Independent:: Amelia Wiedhofft, 25, spinster, 20 Tyndale Place, father Frederick Augustus Wiedhofft, furrier. Witnesses Mary Wiedhofft & Harry C Cooper)

Amelia's father remarried about 6 months later. 5 July 1875.

Our next piece of information is taken from the 1881 census which gives us the birth in about 1877 of daughter Louisa Cooper and son George Cooper in about 1879. We now know from descendant Chris Cooper that Louisa Mary was born on the 19th October 1877 (probably Edmonton 3a 259) and George on the 19th October 1879 (probably Barnet 3a 187).

1881 Census White Hart, Little Stanmore, Middlesex RG11 Piece 1360 Folio 31 Page 10
Rel Marr Age Sex Occupation Birthplace
Charles A. COOPER Head M 28 M Accountants Clerk London St Marys,
Amelia COOPER Wife M 30 F Pentonville, Middlesex
Louisa COOPER Daur   3 F
George COOPER Son 1 M
Harry C. COOPER Brother M 24 M Auctioneer Clerk Totteridge, Hertford
Jessie COOPER Sister In Law M 21 F London Islington,
Susan PARKER Servant U 14 F Domestic Servant London Edgware

My guess is that Little Stanmore was split into areas starting at their local pub as White Hart has 3 uninhabited houses along with a goodly population including three police constables and their families (Alfred Lashmore impressed me as a name for a policeman) The following area is Jolly Dealer followed by Chandos Arms. Stanmore is the present day area of Heathrow Airport, I bet it was much quieter then! Also at this residence was Charles's brother Harry C and his wife Jessie. (As a little aside at this point - Jessie was the daughter of Frederick Augustus Wiedhofft's second wife from her first marriage (Amelia's step-sister?). Unfortunately Harry was to die before 1891 when their son Roland Edgar was just 10 months old. As yet unresearched but it seems that Jessie was to pass away within the next few years, and the care of young Roland passed to Jessie's half sister Emma (Wiedhofft) and her husband William Wright-Smith. He was to travel to India with his new family and studied botany and horticulture in Calcutta. In 1934 he was to follow his uncle as curator of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. School admissions record shows Edwin Wiedhofft born 3-6-1890 real name Cooper living with grandmother Mrs Wiedhofft 48 Hawksely Rd.)

1881 would have been a sad time for the family as their twins Jessie Amelia and Annie Cleo were to die at birth.

Clipping from London Gazette
Our next mention is a clipping from the London Gazette of 24th March 1882 showing C A Cooper together with father-in-law F A Wiedhofft and Jno Parker acting as liquidators of the Economic Advance Bank. The meeting was to be held at 42 Upper St. Islington. Frederick Augustus lived at number 41 during the 1881 census.

Charles, Amelia and their children emigrated to Australia on 10 September 1885 onboard the SS. Ionic arriving in Hobart 24 October. They arrived in Melbourne on 27 October after travelling by train to Launceston where they caught a small steamer to cross Bass Straight. Read the fascinating diary entries of the voyage from London to Melbourne kept by Charles (note: Charles' parents and older siblings travelled to Australia in 1841 and returned to England in 1851 Read the diary entries of their return to England (pdf).

On the 22nd January 1887 their first "Australian" Frederick Alston Cooper was born, I assume in the Melbourne area, Victoria where Charles had set up his office as a chartered accountant.
Another son Robert Hawthorn Cooper was born on the 17th December 1890
Back in England Amelia's father Frederick Augustus died on the 28th December 1891.
They were blessed with the birth of a daughter Ethel Janet Cooper on the 29th January 1893.

Death record for Charles Cooper
Although it seems a bit abrupt my next piece of news comes 24 years later with the death of Charles on the 30th June 1917 at the age of 65. Where & when died: 30th June 1917, 4 Marine Parade, City of St Kilda UR, 7 Windmill Parade, Ballerat, Co Bourke. Name & occupation: Charles Alfred Cooper, accountant (own practice) Sex & Age: Male 65 years Cause of death, Duration, Doctor, when last seen by Dr. Sarcoma asthenia, 9 months, Dr. A L Seelenmayer, 29th June 1917 Mother & Father: George Cooper, bookbinder, Eliza Louisa Cooper m.n. Standeven Informant: G W Apps, authorized agent 395 High St. St Kilda. Registrar: Lucibelle Sievwright? 4th July 1917, St Kilda Burial & Undertaker: 2nd July 1917 Cheltenham Cemetery, GW Apps acting Name & Religion of minister and witness names: Not Stated, S Nicholson, Where born and how long in Aus State: Totteridge England, 30 years in Victoria, Where, What age and to whom married: England, 23 years, Amelia Wiedhoft. Children & Ages: Louisa Mary 39, George 37, Jessie Amelia deceased, Annie Cleo deceased, Frederick Alston 30, Robert Hawthorn 26, Ethel Janet 24

Death record of Amelia Cooper
Six years later Amelia was to join him at the cemetery having died on the 16th March 1923 in Ballerat at the age of 72. Where & when died: 16th March 1923, Pleasant Street, City of Ballerat, County Grenville, Name & occupation: Amelia Cooper Sex & Age: Female 72 years Cause of death, Duration, Doctor, when last seen by Dr. 1 Myocardilis Enasarca 2 Not Certified 3 S C H? W Hardy 4 15th March 1923 Mother & Father: Frederick Augustus Wiedhofft, furrier. Amelia Wiedhofft m s Pike Informant:? Barnet? ???? St, Ballerat Registrar: Ewaena? 16th March at Ballerat. 17th March Cheltenham Cemetery, D Barnes Name & Religion of minister and witness names: Rev. Hugh M Burns presbyterian Minister Where born and how long in Aus State: London, England, 37 years in Victoria Where, What age and to whom married 1 England, 2 25, 3 Charles Alfred Cooper, D Children & Ages: Louisa Mary 42, George 40, Annie Amelia & Jessie - twins dead, Frederick Alston 36, Robert Hawthorne 32, Ethel Jane 30.