Mr Alfred EDDEN (1850 - 1930)**

  • Date of Birth: 24/11/1850
  • Place of Birth: Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
  • Date of Death: 27/07/1930
  • Place of Death: Redfern, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

PositionStartEndPeriodNotes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly24 Jun 189118 Feb 192028yr(s) 7mth(s) 26day(s)
Member for Northumberland24 Jun 189125 Jun 18943yr(s) 2day(s)
15th (1891 - 1894)
Member for Kahibah17 Jul 18945 Jul 189511mth(s) 19day(s)
16th (1894 - 1895)
Member for Kahibah20 Jul 18958 Jul 18982yr(s) 11mth(s) 19day(s)
17th (1895 - 1898)
Member for Kahibah27 Jul 189811 Jun 19012yr(s) 10mth(s) 16day(s)
18th (1898 - 1901)
Member for Kahibah3 Jul 190116 Jul 19043yr(s) 14day(s)
19th (1901 - 1904)
Member for Kahibah6 Aug 190419 Aug 19073yr(s) 14day(s)
20th (1904 - 1907)
Member for Kahibah30 Aug 190714 Sep 19103yr(s) 16day(s)
21st (1907 - 1910)
Member for Kahibah14 Oct 19106 Nov 19133yr(s) 24day(s)
22nd (1910 - 1913)
Member for Kahibah6 Dec 191321 Feb 19173yr(s) 2mth(s) 16day(s)
23rd (1913 - 1917)
Member for Kahibah31 Mar 191718 Feb 19202yr(s) 10mth(s) 19day(s)
24th (1917 - 1920)
Secretary for Mines21 Oct 191029 Jun 19132yr(s) 8mth(s) 9day(s)
Secretary for Mines30 Jun 191329 Jan 19147mth(s)
Goulburn Water Supply Charges Bill Committee No.251 Dec 189115 Dec 189115days
15th (1891 - 1894)
Australasian Mining Exchange of Sydney Bill Committee No.3515 Feb 189223 Feb 18929days
15th (1891 - 1894)
Scottish Australian Mining Company (Limited) Railway Bill Committee No.811 Oct 189223 Nov 18921mth 13days
15th (1891 - 1894)
Raymond Terrace Mechanics School of Arts Sale Bill Committee No.1416 Nov 189229 Nov 189214days
15th (1891 - 1894)
Operation of the Shipping Laws Committee No.623 Jan 18945 Jun 18944mths 14days
16th (1894 - 1895)
Working of Collieries Committee No.1113 Mar 189419 Apr 18941mth 7days
16th (1894 - 1895)
Homestead Protection Bill Committee No.123 Apr 189418 Apr 189416days
16th (1894 - 1895)
Amendment of the Mining Laws. Committee No. 1227 Nov 18945 Jul 18957mths 9days
16th (1894 - 1895)
Shoaling at the mouth of North Creek, near Ballina. Committee No. 1127 Nov 18945 Jul 18957mths 9days
16th (1894 - 1895)
Land fronting Throsby and Cottage Creeks, sold by A.A Dangar, Esquire Committee No.1828 Jul 189616 Nov 18963mths 20days
17th (1895 - 1898)
Orange Showground Bill Committee No.2313 Aug 189619 Aug 18967days
17th (1895 - 1898)
Borough of Cudgegong Cattle Saleyards Bill Committee No.2517 Sep 189624 Sep 18968days
17th (1895 - 1898)
Collision between the “Sol” and “Alathea” steamers Committee No.2622 Sep 189611 Nov 18961mth 21days
17th (1895 - 1898)
Borough of Lithgow Validating Bill Committee No.317 Oct 189621 Oct 189615days
17th (1895 - 1898)
Nyngan Town Hall (Mortgage) Bill Committee No. 2217 Nov 189710 Dec 189724days
17th (1895 - 1898)
Nyngan Town Hall (Mortgage) Bill Committee No. 2217 Nov 189710 Dec 189724days
17th (1895 - 1898)
Claim of Samuel and Mary Lemon Committee No. 1030 Aug 189823 Dec 18983mths 24days
18th (1898 - 1901)
Land Fronting Throsby and Cottage Creek sold by A.A. Dangar, Esq. Committee No. 930 Aug 189823 Dec 18983mths 24days
18th (1898 - 1901)
Accidents in Mines Committee No. 1311 Oct 189823 Dec 18982mths 13days
18th (1898 - 1901)
Claims of Mr. W. Birthrey, Road Contracts, Gloucester Committee No. 1922 Nov 189823 Dec 18981mth 2days
18th (1898 - 1901)
Lismore Municipal Boundaries Bill Committee No.1219 Oct 189924 Oct 18996days
18th (1898 - 1901)
Accident to Albert Burbank on Railway Premises, Tamworth Committee No. 113 Jul 190025 Oct 19003mths 23days
18th (1898 - 1901)
Tied Houses Committee No.822 Aug 190118 Sep 190128days
19th (1901 - 1904)
Land fronting Throsby and Cottage Creeks, sold by A.A Dangar, Esquire Committee No.122 Oct 190120 Dec 19012mths 19days
19th (1901 - 1904)
Conditional Purchase by Mrs Anne Rouse, in the Parish of Kahibah Committee No.1319 Aug 19029 Oct 19021mth 21days
19th (1901 - 1904)
Chairman
Commonwealth Portland Cement Company Railway Bill Committee No.1426 Aug 190224 Sep 190230days
19th (1901 - 1904)
Land fronting Throsby and Cottage Creeks, sold by A.A Dangar, Esquire Committee No.152 Sep 190220 Dec 19023mths 19days
19th (1901 - 1904)
North Sydney Brick and Tile Company’s Tramway Bill Committee No.196 Nov 190214 Nov 19029days
19th (1901 - 1904)
Miners’ Accident Relief (Bulli Fund Bill) Committee No.2028 Nov 190220 Dec 190223days
19th (1901 - 1904)
Use of Preservative and Colouring Matters in Food Committee No.1120 Aug 190325 Nov 19033mths 6days
19th (1901 - 1904)
Prevalence of the Gambling Evil Committee No.1020 Aug 19031 Dec 19033mths 12days
19th (1901 - 1904)
Refreshment Committee No.521 Sep 190424 Dec 19043mths 4days
19th (1901 - 1904)
Lismore Markets and cattle Sale-yards Bill Committee No.98 Nov 190410 Nov 19043days
19th (1901 - 1904)
Scone Cattle Sale-yards Bill Committee No.1116 Nov 19041 Dec 190416days
19th (1901 - 1904)
Refreshment Committee No.528 Jun 19059 Dec 19055mths 12days
20th (1904 - 1907)
Case of Thomas Foster, tried for Bigamy Committee No.1018 Jul 19053 Aug 190517days
20th (1904 - 1907)
The New Redhead Estate and Coal Company Limited Transfer Bill Committee No.1424 Aug 190529 Aug 19056days
20th (1904 - 1907)
Allegation by the Rev. W.Woolls Rutledge respecting an appointment to the Public Service Committee No.1529 Aug 190525 Oct 19051mth 27days
20th (1904 - 1907)
Newcastle Agricultural, Horticultural and Industrial Association Bill Committee No.202 Nov 19058 Nov 19057days
20th (1904 - 1907)
Refreshment Committee No.410 Jul 190618 Dec 19065mths 9days
20th (1904 - 1907)
Refreshment Committee No.59 Jul 190712 Jul 19074days
20th (1904 - 1907)
Refreshment Committee No.524 Oct 190720 Dec 19071mth 27days
21st (1907 - 1910)
Refreshment Committee No.413 Mar 190811 Apr 190830days
21st (1907 - 1910)
Refreshment Committee No.55 Aug 190819 Dec 19084mths 15days
21st (1907 - 1910)
The Coupon System Committee No.929 Sep 190817 Dec 19082mths 19days
21st (1907 - 1910)
Refreshment Committee No.514 Jul 190917 Dec 19095mths 4days
21st (1907 - 1910)
Refreshment Committee No.528 Jun 191020 Aug 19101mth 24days
21st (1907 - 1910)
Claims of Samuel Alfred Hutchinson Committee No.145 Jul 19111 Aug 191128days
22nd (1910 - 1913)
Claims of Samuel Alfred Hutchinson Committee No.1210 Oct 191118 Oct 19119days
22nd (1910 - 1913)
Claims of Samuel Alfred Hutchinson Committee No.108 Oct 19126 Nov 191230days
22nd (1910 - 1913)
Application of Mr Charles Lancelot Garland for Special Gold Leases Committee No.1215 Oct 19124 Dec 19121mth 20days
22nd (1910 - 1913)

Political Party Activity

Australian Labor Party (ALP). Foundation member 1891; refused pledge; rejoined party 1895; deputy leader 1902; expelled over conscription 1916; then joined the Nationalists.


Community Activity

Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1896


Qualifications, occupations and interests

Miner. Born shortly after his father's death in a mining accident. Little schooling. Worked in coal mines, Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire, from age 10. Arrived in New South Wales with his family on 9 July 1879 on the 'Nineveh', sailing from Plymouth. Settled in the Newcastle district, living at Adamstown by 1884. Employed by the Waratah, Lambton, and West Wallsend mines from 1879 until 1891. Chairman of the Waratah miners' lodge; delegate to North District Management Board, Miners' Union. Arrested and charged with unlawful assembly during 1888 strike. Appointed chairman of the Miners' Accident Relief Board 1910; Member of the Single Tax League; Freemason; Oddfellow


Local Government Activity

Alderman of Adamstown; Mayor 1889, 1891.


Personal

Son of John Edden, miner, and his wife Mary Thirlby. Married (1) Maria Brown on 20 February 1871 at Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, England, (died 1 June 1887), daughter of Samuel Brown, framework knitter, and had issue, 2 sons and 2 daughters. Married (2) Mary Ann George on 28 September 1887 at Adamstown New South Wales, (died 18 March 1929), a widow, nee Langley, and had issue, 2 sons and 1 daughter. Methodist; Methodist lay preacher; founder in 1887 of the Lay Methodist Church (which rejected paid clergy). Buried with Masonic rites in the Church of England section of Sandgate Cemetery, Newcastle.


Additional Information

Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8