Edward Randolph Wolfe Castray was born in South Africa in 1858. His parents were Luke Richard Castray (1815-1897) and Mary Ann Booth (1827-1912) who were married in Cape Town in 1844. Edward arrived in Tasmania as a 10-year-old in 1868 on the Alfred. His father was attached to the Imperial Military Department and they lived at the military barracks in Hobart. Castray Esplanade was created with labour from the prison under his supervision.
Edward was first appointed to the Colonial Government service in Jan 1876. By mid 1891 he had moved to Launceston where he was the Deputy Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages; the Clerk in Charge of the Lands Titles Office; and Clerk and Draftsman of the Lands and Mines Department. Edward married Elizabeth Marshall on 1 Aug 1891 in Launceston. He was a captain in the Southern Tasmanian Artillery. By 1903 Edward and Elizabeth had moved to NSW where they died in 1940 and 1950 respectively.