Edward Samuel Ranson was born 9 July 1854 at Killycreeny, County Cavan, Northern Ireland, the son of Edward Ranson and Anne Young. He arrived at Sydney from Melbourne in 1879 and married Marian Baker (1866-1940) 20 November 1880 at Concord, NSW, and they had three sons and four daughters. Ranson died 26 August 1940, aged 86 years, at his home 2 Malton Road, Beecroft, and he was privately interred. He left a Will and his estate and assets were valued at £1,767. Edward Samuel Ranson lived at 14 City Road, Darlington.
Occupation & interests
Edward Ranson was the manager of the china and glassware department of Feldheim, Gotthelf Ltd, general hardware merchants and importers located at the corner of Clarence and Barrack Streets, Sydney.
Ranson was on the inaugural committee of An Ulster Association – people of Ulster birth or parentage, with a non-sectarian and non political bias – and was a member of Darlington branch of the Australian Protestant Defence Association. Edward Samuel Ranson was a justice of the peace (JP).
Local government service
Edward Samuel Ranson was an alderman on Darlington Council in 1903-19. He was mayor in 1908.
‘Municipal Elections’, The Evening News, 9 February 1903, p. 6, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/113406156