Cooper, John
John Cooper was appointed Chief Clerk of the Treasury in March 1859. His position was under the overarching jurisdiction of the Treasury of London, and Cooper was charged with financial matters such as issues of currency.1 Cooper was also eligible to sit on trials regarding financial problems, which included “Angelo's Trial” - an embezzlement case - Cooper's position was to demonstrate to the court the money accounted for and not accounted for.2
In 1860, the staff of the treasury was relocated to New Westminster where they would remain until 1868.3 At this time, Cooper outwardly protested the grants of land given to Father Fouquet to build a church, one of his objections was that the assembling of Indians in considerable numbers on the spot…would be objectionable and calculated to injure respectability.4 On 26 November 1861, Cooper was appointed, amongst other members, to a committee with the responsibility to draw up a set of rules for the organization and management of a hospital.5 By 13 February 1862, Cooper was elected as the treasurer on the first Board of Managers for the Royal Columbia Hospital.6
Cooper's career in the treasury took a turn in 1865 when he was accused of absconding funds as $687 was missing soon after Cooper took his leave of absence to England.7 For the next two years, Cooper's position was questioned and eventually in 1866-1867 his direct and official connection to the colony of British Columbia was terminated.8 After Cooper's “resignation,” he left for Australia; although, it is unclear how long Cooper remained there as his date of death is unknown.
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