William Edwards

Produce Merchant

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1890 1892
  • Alexandria Town Hall in 1943 (Alexandria, 'the Birmingham of Australia': 75 years of progress, 1868-1943, published by Alexandria Municipal Council, 1943).

Family background

William Edwards was born 26 June 1836 at Walton on the Hill, Liverpool, England, the son of Joseph Edwards and Elizabeth Sefton. He immigrated to Sydney, NSW with his parents and siblings on board the ship ‘Marchioness of Bute’ which arrived 7 January 1842. He married Mary Ann Cornford in Sydney on 27 July 1855 and they had three sons and a daughter. Edwards died at Redfern, NSW, on 3 February 1894, aged 58 years; he was buried in the Church of England old section at Rookwood Cemetery. He left no Will. Edwards lived at 139 Henderson Road, Alexandria..

Occupation & interests

Self-employed, Edwards was attracted to municipal office by a combination of public service and self-interest.

Local government service

William Edwards was an alderman on Alexandria Council 1890-92 representing the South Ward.


Municipal Nominations’, Evening News, 4 February 1890, p. 5, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/108799171


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