Name: Edward Sackville EDWARDS
Birth: 1817 in London, UK
Burial: 14 NOV 1893 Sth Grafton Cemetery, NSW
Death: 13 NOV 1893 in "Levenstrath", Orara near Grafton, NSW of Heart Disease
Edward Sacksville Edwards. Notes by Nancy Gentle.
It seems that Edward spent his early life with his first wife (note:- although so far there seems to be no evidence of their marriage & on his subsequent marriage to Mary Briggs he is described as a bachelor), Sarah Ann Ward, in the Warialda district where he was the owner of Bannockburn Station for a while and at least one child, their eldest son, George, was born there in 1850. Other birthplaces given for early members of the Edwards family are Inverell, Gragin, on the Macintyre River, whose head-waters flow from an area north and east of Warialda and not far from Inverell. It seems that most of the family was born in that general area. We assume that Sarah, Edward's wife, must have died at an early age and to this date we have been unable to track down or pin-point the event. We feel that the death of Sarah, which does not appear on the microfiche, must have occurred prior to the introduction of compulsory registration in 1856.
About 1866, Edward brought his family to Bostobrick and purchased the old Bostobrick station and some four years later he remarried, this time to Mary Briggs; the ceremony took place in the Roman Catholic
Church in Grafton's Queen St. Edward and Mary remained at Bostobrick until about 1880 when he brought his second family to Levenstrath on the Orara River, leaving his sons, George and William in the Dorrigo-Bostobrick area. There was a third Edwards at Dorrigo, known only to us as S.A. Edwards, whom we believe to also be a son of Edward and Sarah; any further information on that subject would be gratefully received.
George Crisp Edwards, the oldest of Edward's sons stayed with his father at Bostobrick until just before his marriage in 1873 to Mary Ann Morely, when he decided to become a cedar getter at Grass Tree. The cedar George cut was loaded on his own waggons and hauled by bullock to both Grafton and Armidale; driving up to twenty two bullocks, the journey could take as long as six months for the round trip.
After spending some ten years on the road, George selected land at Waddells Plain in 1883; this was the first land selected in the Dorrigo area we are told and was later sold to W.R.H. Johnston. George then selected another property on Wiskey Creek in 1899 where he and his wife lived until their deaths in 1933 and 1949 respectively. Mary Ann was typical of the hardy pioneer women of the district, often riding horseback to Grafton carrying a child with her.
Mary Gentle, George's granddaughter, recently wrote to the society with a short story about her father,
Edward James Burton Edwards (1881-1959) the tale gives modern day readers some insights into the rigors of early life in the early days of settlement.
My father was successful in a ballot for a block of land at Deer Vale about the year 1902, his was lot 52 in the parish of Fenton, comprising some 180 acres. It was all virgin scrub then of course, no roads and some 20 miles from Dorrigo, a distance that had to be walked to buy provisions sufficient for several weeks. Game birds and other animals that were shot or trapped, of course, supplemented the diet.
My father, in his early twenties at the time, had a friend to help him "fall the scrub" using method known as a 'drive', this was done by partly cutting all the trees over a large area; they would spend days doing this. Then they selected a large tree strategically placed at one end of the drive, falling it onto the trees that had been partly cut, which in turn bowled over the entire "drive" like dominos. The mass of fallen trees then bad to be left for several weeks to out before being set alight which in turn was followed up by restacking the half burned logs for further burning.
During this time my father worked at several jobs including camp cook for the Surveyors, Pit-sawing and
scrub failing for an income. His first home was a tent, but after several years of hard work he had a good acreage cleared and grassed and was able to buy a horse to ride and draught horses to help 'log up'. Later on he purchased dairy cows and the cream was taken to the Dorrigo Butter Factory. By now roads of a kind had been put in and a small home built.
In 1917 my father married Pearl Flemming from Central McDonald who had come to Dorrigo to visit her sisters and brothers, one of whom had married dad's cousin, Amy Williamson. This was Owen Flemming
Mum traveled from Sydney by boat to Bellinger Heads She had worked in Sydney and found life on the land very primitive and hard. When my parents died, my husband and I bought the farm and today our youngest son is buying it and is still dairying though now he supplies milk, instead of cream and a tanker picks milk up at the farm and delivers daily to the Dorrigo depot.
Sarah Ann WARD b: 1816 in Wilberforce, NSW
- Amelia Gladys EDWARDS b: 16 MAY 1844 in "Gragin", MacIntyre River, Warialda, NSW
- Harriet Ruth EDWARDS b: 09 MAY 1846 in "Gragin", MacIntyre River, Warialda, NSW
- Esther EDWARDS b: 03 JUN 1848 in "Gragin", MacIntyre River, Warialda, NSW
- George Crisp EDWARDS b: 12 JUN 1850 in "Gragin", MacIntyre River, Warialda, NSW
- Matilda EDWARDS b: 11 AUG 1852 in "Gragin", MacIntyre River, Warialda, NSW
- William Henry EDWARDS b: 22 APR 1855 in "Bannockburn", Warialda, NSW
- Ada EDWARDS b: 1857 in "Bannockburn", Warialda, NSW
- Sidney EDWARDS b: 1859 in "Bannockburn", Warialda, NSW
- Thomas Henry EDWARDS b: 1861 in "Bannockburn", Warialda, NSW
Mary BRIGGS b: 1847 in South Grafton, NSW
in Grafton, NSW
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- Percy Charles EDWARDS b: 1870
- Rowland EDWARDS b: 1872 in Bostobrick, NSW
- Florence Crisp EDWARDS b: 1874
- Alice Maud EDWARDS b: 1877
- Ernest James EDWARDS b: 1879 in Grafton, NSW
- Agnes Kate EDWARDS b: 1880
- Frederick Cecil EDWARDS b: 1883 in Bostobrick, NSW