David Edward


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Darlington 1878 1880
  • Darlington Council seal (Civic Collection 2006.032.2)

Family background

David Barnett Edward was born c1815 at Dundee, Argus, Scotland. He married Jessie Dewar (1819-1883) 8 December 1840 at Dundee, Argus, Scotland and they had two sons and two daughters before they immigrated to Sydney by the ship ‘America’ in 1853. They had a further son born in Sydney. Edward died 7 April 1884, aged 69 years, at his residence Maze Street, Darlington, and he was interred in Balmain Cemetery. He left a Will and his estate and assets were valued at £670. David Barnett Edward lived in Maze Street, Darlington.

Occupation & interests

On 12 September 1872, David Barnett Edward met with a serious accident as he was returning home after some business in Barrack Street, Sydney. He was riding home at a fast pace when he ran into a buggy going in the same direction, both horse and rider fell with Edward ending up trapped beneath the horse. He was pulled unconscious from beneath the horse and transferred to the Infirmary. His wife Jessie died from burns accidentally received at home.

Community activity

A memorial drinking fountain was erected to the memory of David and Jessie Edward in the grounds of the Darlington Public School in 1929. The fountain was opened by Mayor Alexander Brown.

Local government service

David Barnett Edward was an alderman on Darlington Council in 1878-80, and 1878 he was chosen as the treasurer for the Council.


‘Borough of Darlington’, NSW Government Gazette, 15 October 1878, p. 4182, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/223754386


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