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Thomas Edwards and Family by Janice C MacDonald


A story spanning 140 years of a family of farriers and yachtsmen who settled in Rouse and Beach Streets in Sandridge/Port Melbourne.


Thomas Edwards and Family
Farriers and Yachtsmen of Sandridge/Port Melbourne 1868 – 1961

by Janice C MacDonald

Soft cover, illustrated, 60 pp.

Herein lies a story spanning 140 years of the Edwards family from Staffordshire and Wales. They came to Australia in 1857 and this story tells of their arrival in Geelong, Queenscliff and finally purchasing land and settling in Sandridge/Port Melbourne.

It is about two streets in Port Melbourne, Rouse and Beach Streets, and the lives of some of the people within those streets. It is important to preserve their history and remember the personalities and characters responsible for that history.

You will read about a proud farrier and his family, the sparks and sounds from his anvils; the legend of a Port Melbourne son and his famous yacht the S.J.S. The Port Melbourne Yacht Club, races won and lost, a monkey for a yacht, dinner plates to win a race, and the connection with an Australian Prime Minister.

Thomas Edwards and Family was written, because I inherited a matchbox sized diary, written by my mother Nancy McPherson Morton (nee Edwards), which contained tiny pages of notes about her great grandparents and their lives. Further research just had to be done. I think she may have quietly intended this to happen as there were just enough clues to enable me to complete her previously untold family history.

Janice Christine MacDonald, 1997

Prices are in Australian dollars. No GST is chargeable.

Additional information

Weight 280 g

PMHPS acknowledges the generous support of the City of Port Phillip.


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Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet and work, the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.