After many hours of research, discussion at the Rootschat forum (see A Harper Family Conundrum) and a substantial amount of head scratching, I believe that Wilfred Eric Harper was born William James Harper. The best way I can provide support for this conclusion is by noting the information that we have, in point form.
Andrew Harper – b. 1810 Templepatrick, Antrim, Ireland
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In 1841 Andrew Harper and his wife, Maria (nee Gleghorn) migrated from Templepatrick, Ireland and arrived in Australia on a ship named ‘Marquis of Bute‘. They were accompanied by their three young boys – Paul (6), Samuel (4) and Henry (9mths).