The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Harpur, Charles
Harpur, Charles, one of the best-known poets of Australia, was born at Windsor, on the Hawkesbury river, in New South Wales, in 1812. He published a small collection of sonnets, and some years afterwards a volume of miscellaneous poems. In 1850 he married Mary, eldest daughter of Mr. E. Doyle, of Jerey's Plains. In 1858 he was appointed Gold Commissioner at Araluen, but the office was abolished in 1866. A year afterwards his son was accidentally shot, and he never recovered the shock, dying on June 10th, 1868.