- 22 April 1837
Battersea, London, England
- 12 March 1903
Toowong, Queensland, Australia
- Bi-lingual scholar, Journalist, Teacher, Women's rights activist and Writer
- Alternative Names
- Buisson, Leontine Mary Jane (Birth Name)
- L.C. (Nom de plume)
Leontine Cooper was Queensland's most significant writer addressing the rights of white women during the movement for woman suffrage in that state. By the late 1880s she had emerged as one of the key activists who contributed to progressive movements in Australian political life and Australian feminism. Cooper wrote short stories for the Boomerang and in the mid 1890s edited Queensland's only women's suffrage newspaper, the Star. For a short time she edited Flashes, a society newspaper, and for a while wrote 'Queensland Notes' for Louisa Lawson's feminist journal, the Dawn.
In 1889 Leontine Cooper led a breakaway group from the Woman's Equal Franchise Association, which became known as the Queensland Woman's Suffrage League. Cooper was concerned that the women's suffrage movement should not be 'captured' by the Labor Party, and become subject to party politics. Leontine founded and served as inaugural president of the Brisbane Pioneer Club in 1899 which, like its London namesake, was a progressive women's club.