Edward Spencer Beaufoy, known by his second name Spencer, was born in Charlton, Kent, England, about 1865-66. His parents were Samuel and Mary A Beaufoy. In 1881 he was living at 34 High Street, Charlton, Kent, with his parents, two sisters, three brothers and cousin. He was employed as a timber merchant's clerk. Spencer met a businessman from Scottsdale, Tasmania, who offered him a job. So, at the age of 22, he sailed on the Ormuz, embarking in Victoria in July 1887. When he finally arrived in Scottsdale there was no job. He applied for and accepted a position in a cartage business. His three brothers later joined him in Launceston, where they ran the business Beaufoy Brothers, Carriers. His three brothers also appear in the Album.
Spencer married Frances Batchelor in Launceston, Tasmania, on 28 Oct 1896. Their four children were born from 1897 to 1904. Their son Hubert joined the Navy in Feb 1915 when he was 15 years old and served in the First World War. Daughter Muriel was a prizewinner at the Methodist Ladies College in 1915, 1916 and 1917. She presented a musical and dramatic item at the 1915 speech night. Spencer was involved with the Launceston Artillery. He died on 20 Feb 1940 at the Derwent Park Asylum, New Norfolk. He was first admitted to the hospital in Jul 1904, suffering from melancholia. His wife continued to live in Launceston and was listed at 20 Stone Street in 1910-11. Frances and her daughter Florence ran a podiatry business in Launceston and later in Sydney. A mirror fell on Frances and she went blind. As Theosophists they lived at The Manor, 2 Illuka Road, Mosman. Florence died there in 1987.