Edward Hordern was born in 1838, youngest son of Anthony Hordern (d.1869) and his wife Ann, née Woodhead, of Retford, Nottingham. In 1860 he married Emily, the daughter of emancipist Joseph Hickey Grose, and they had two sons and a daughter. Emily died in 1865 and on 17 November 1866, he married Christina Matilda, the daughter of Edward Robert Stack and had a further four daughters and four sons of whom two died in infancy. He died on 14 August 1883 and was buried in the St Peter’s Church at Richmond.
Edward Hordern was educated in Melbourne and London. He joined his brother Lebbeus in his George Street store in Sydney at age 22. From 1876, he was the sole proprietor of 668 George Street. In 1882 he took his sons Edward and Percy into partnership. He channelled profits from his business into Sydney property investments. In April 1876 he moved his family into Tor Cottage in Wylde Street, Potts Point, but sold it in 1877 and went back to his former home, Milton, at 215 Darlinghurst Road.
Edward Hordern was on the Board of Sydney Hospital from 1880 to 1882.
Local government service
Edward Hordern was Alderman for Fitzroy Ward, 1 December 1879 until he retired due to ill-health in April 1882. He was involved in financial committees and city planning motions.
Ruth Teale, ‘Hordern, Anthony (1819–1876)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/hordern-anthony-3796/text6009, accessed 11 January 2013.
City of Sydney Archives: Aldermen’s Files; Photos: CRS 54/487
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