Kelburne Ernest Edge
Kelburne Ernest Edge
Date of Birth 15 November 1869
Place of Residence 234 Clarence Street Sydney New South Wales Australia
Spouses Name Hilda Gertrude Smith
Childrens Names Marjorie

Kelburne Ernest Edge was born in Concord, NSW, on 15 November 1869, a son of Alexander Ernest Edge, clerk, and his wife Annie Sharp who married in 1868 and emigrated to the UK about 1870. Other children in the family were Selwyn Francis (1868-1940), Seaton Taylor (1872-1910), Mary Elizabeth (1873-1967), William Alexander (1874-1915) and Marguerite 'Daisie' Stella (1883-1971). Known by his second name, Ernest was well travelled, as he arrived back in Sydney from London in Mar 1891, just a few months before he came to Tasmania on a bicycling trip and to visit the Exhibition in Launceston. He returned to Sydney via Melbourne in Nov 1892 on the ship Elingamite.

Ernest was an electrician, but had his own diverse business at 126 Pitt Street, which included being the sole agent and importer of the Yost typewriter, agent for the Edison Mimeograph, Japanese paper, letter books, fountain and style pens. His company Edge & Edge at 248a Pitt Street imported bicycles and accessories. By 1900 this business was described as electrical and mechanical engineers and contractors for electric light and power installation.

In 1896 Ernest married Hilda Gertrude Smith, daughter of Isaac Drummond and Mary Ann Smith of St Leonards, NSW. The couple had a daughter, Marjorie, born in 1898 in Carlton, Victoria. In 1901 he sailed again for London via the USA. Ernest died in New Zealand in 1925; his wife died in Roseville, NSW aged 97 in Aug 1970.

Sharon Thomson & Marion Sargent Apr 2009; Craig Horner May 2019