Charles Coppel

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Charles Antony Coppel (born in 1937 in Melbourne) is an Australian historian and former barrister.

Coppel became a barrister for five years after completing his degree in law from the University of Melbourne.[1] He received his doctorate in political science from Monash University in 1975 with a dissertation titled Indonesian Chinese in Crisis.[2] Coppel's dissertation was published in 1983 and became one of the most widely read titles on Chinese Indonesian politics.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Charles Coppel is the son of the late Dr Elias Godfrey Coppel QC and Marjorie Jean Coppel.[4][5] Charles lives in Melbourne and is married to Suzy Nixon. He was previously married to Tania Coppel. Charles has three children, Louisa, Patrick and Len, and a granddaughter Zara.


  1. ^ "Charles Coppel". Shao Center Database on Scholars and Librarians in Chinese Overseas Studies. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Charles Coppel". University of Melbourne. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  3. ^ Dawis, Aimee (3 November 2009). "Charles Coppel: The accidental provocateur". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  4. ^ Victorian Bar Association Retrieved 8 October 2012
  5. ^ National Library of Australia Retrieved 8 October 2012