I was recently asked by a reader about Alfred Edden and Alfred Edden junior, their service in local councils, and if there was any connection to Arthur Edden Oval sports field in New Lambton. Here’s what I found …
There were three generations of Edden’s in the political sphere in NSW, with father, son and grandson each being elected to a different council in the Newcastle area.
Alfred Edden (1850 – 1930)
Alfred Edden was born in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England on 24 December 1850. He emigrated to Australia about 1879 and settled in Adamstown by 1884. After Adamstown was incorporated as municipality on 31 December 1885, Edden was elected on 11 Feb 1886 as an alderman to the first council. He was re-elected to another term as alderman on 11 Feb 1888. He was elected as Mayor of Adamstown on two occasions, in 1889 and 1891.
In 1891 he was elected to the NSW parliament in the electorate of Northumberland, and consequently resigned as an alderman of Adamstown Council. In 1894 he contested the NSW electorate of Kahibah and won, remaining as the member of that electorate until 18 February 1920. Alfred Edden died on 27 January 1930, and was buried in Sandgate cemetery on 29 January 1930.
Alfred Edden junior (1882 – 1954)
Alfred Edden junior the eldest son of Alfred Edden senior, was born in 1882.
He was became an alderman on New Lambton council in 1908 when he was one of the three nominees for the three vacant positions in Third Ward. He was re-elected in 1911 and 1914, serving until 1916. After a break of a decade he had a second period as alderman in the New Lambton council in the years 1927-1934. He was elected as Mayor of New Lambton on two occasions, in 1911 and 1930.
He died in November 1954 and was buried in Sandgate Cemetery on 30 November 1954.
Arthur Ernest Edden (1902 – 1971)
Arthur Ernest Edden was the son of Alfred Edden junior, and was born sometime around 1902-03, based on him being 12 years old in 1915, and 68 years old when he died in 1971. Although his first name was “Arthur”, he was also known as “Alf”.
In November 1950 he nominated as a candidate in the Mid-West ward of Newcastle Council and was elected as an alderman in December 1950.
In September 1953 he attempted to follow his grandfather’s achievements, and put himself forward in the contest for ALP pre-selection for the NSW seat of Kahibah. He lost the pre-selection to Joshua Arthur.
In December 1953 he was re-elected to Newcastle Council. I have not been able to confirm the years of his remaining service as an councillor, but he was elected again in 1958.
By 1967 Arthur Ernest Edden was on the board of the Hunter District Water Board, and served there for a few years.
He died on 31 January 1971 and was buried in Sandgate Cemetery on 2 February 1971. In May 1972 a sports field in the Newcastle District Park was renamed “Arthur Edden Oval” in his honour.
Note: at the time of writing this post, both the Australian Dictionary of Biography and the NSW Parliament entry for Alfred Edden (1850-1930) have his date of death incorrectly recorded as 27 July 1930. The correct date is 27 January 1930.
I have read your article on Arthur Edden and his brother Jack Edden was my father.
Hello Arthur edden was my grandfather his daughter Norma was my mother she only passed away last week I remember my grandfather with great fondness I love him very much I never knew he had a brother Jack
My grandfather Stanley Albert Edward King was Alfred Edden’s granddaughter Alice Florence Woods son. Alice was the daughter of Alfred Edden daughter Alice Maud Essen, wood was her married name.
I am hoping to find family history surrounding my grandfather as we were told he was raised by his grandmother after his mother died when he was 7 but as I have found doing his family tree there is a lot of family and I’m starting to wonder if he was disowned and there is other dark secrets he was hiding. Not just ones relating to my experiences.
Any family story or history would be greatly appreciated as every person I contact hoping will help has blocked me. There is more to this I know as there is no reason to block me
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Arthur Edden was my grandfather (my dads dad), he died before I was born in 1971
Our records show he was born in 1902 and died in 1970
The photo of the headstone (https://billiongraves.com/grave/Arthur-E-Edden/27495039) shows 31 January 1971 as the date of death.
I looked for this when I was there last year and couldn’t find it.