Stories and People

Mary Charlotte Blythe (nee Coppin)

Pioneer Memorial Service 1994

Royal Western Australian Historical Society's

Annual Pioneers Memorial Service

on Sunday 12 June 1994 at St Bartholomews Church, East Perth Cemeteries,

Commemorating Mary Charlotte Blythe (nee Coppin)

Citation by Thelma Jones

Mary Charlotte's parents, James and Charlotte (nee Collington) Coppin, were married in St John's Parish Church, in Croydon, Surrey, on 18 April 1831. In December, 1841, they boarded the barque, Diadem, bound for the Australind Settlement in Western Australia, with three children, Eliza (7), Sarah (5) and Christopher (2). They arrived, after a voyage of four months, on 10 April 1842 (an anniversary of which Coppin descendants proudly celebrate each year by a picnic in King's Park)

In August of 1842, Charlotte was delivered of a boy (Henry), and, in about 1843, the family moved from Australind to the Vasse, where James worked as a sawyer, and established a farm on a property sometimes known as "Salisbury" and sometimes as "Millstream Farm", along what is now Queen Elizabeth Avenue in modern Busselton.

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