George Edmondstone

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For the Indian civilian, see George Frederick Edmonstone.
George Endmondstone
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George Endmondstone in 1863.
Born (1809-05-04)May 4, 1809
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died February 23, 1883(1883-02-23) (aged 73)
Brisbane, Queensland
Nationality Australian
Occupation Politician

George Edmondstone (1809–1883) was an alderman and mayor in the Brisbane Municipal Council.[1] (Note. The name is spelled 'Edmonstone' in the Brisbane City Council Archives, spelled 'Edmundston' on his father's marriage banns, spelled 'Edmondston' on his baptismal certificate and Edmondstone on his father's Testament).

Personal life[edit]

George Edmondstone was born on 4 May 1809 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of William Edmondstone, a naval commissary, and Alexandrina (Alixa) Farquharson daughter of a watchmaker.[2][3] George's father died when he was 12 and he migrated to New South Wales in 1832. Later he went to Hobart Town and after some hard times began business in Sydney. He then moved to Maitland and about 1840 he took up Normanby Plains Station (near Warrill View on the Cunningham Highway). He sold out early in 1842 and set up as a butcher in Brisbane, hoping to profit from trade with the newly-settled Darling Downs. He had married Alexis Telleray in 1837 in New South Wales[4] (her name appears in the Queensland records as Alexandrina Tillery, the confusion most likely stems from transcriptions of original handwritten records).[5]

George was in the first group of free settlers to arrive in Brisbane in 1840.[6]

He built a house called "Pahroombin".[7]

In his later years, George was described by his peers as a genial, amiable, old gentleman.[8] He died in Brisbane on Friday 23 Feb 1883.[2] His funeral notice appeared in the Brisbane Courier and said:[9]

FUNERAL NOTICE. -- The Friends of

are respectfully invited to attend his FUNERAL;
to leave his late residence, Pahroombin, Break-
fast Creek, THIS (Saturday) AFTERNOON, at
4 o'clock for the General Cemetery.
2776 Petrie Bight.

At that time, the "General Cemetery" of Brisbane was Toowong Cemetery.[10]

Business Life[edit]

George Edmondstone had a butchery in Queen Street, the main street of Brisbane.

Public Life[edit]

George was a founding alderman (1859–1866) of the Brisbane Municipal Council and its mayor in 1863. He served on a number of committees including:[1]

  • Legislative Committee 1859 - 1865
  • Lighting Committee 1862
  • Incorporation Committee 1862, 1864
  • Bridge Committee 1862 - 1864, 1866
  • Water Committee 1864
  • Finance Committee 1866
  • Brisbane Board of Waterworks 1874 - 1883

George was a Member of the Legislative Assembly (lower house) of Queensland representing the electorate of East Moreton from 7 May 1860 to 1 July 1867. He also represented the electorate of Town of Brisbane from 10 Feb 1869 to 14 Nov 1873 and then the electorate of Wickham from 18 Nov 1873 to 28 April 1877.[11]

On 12 May 1877, George was made a life Member of the Legislative Council of Queensland until his death on 23 Feb 1883.[11]

He made a substantial contribution to the early development of Brisbane. Amongst the initiatives that he championed were:

  • Breakfast Creek Bridge[12]
  • Brisbane General Cemetery Trust, now known as the Toowong Cemetery (where he is buried near the front gates)
  • A primary school in Spring Hill (today the Brisbane Central State School)
  • Ann Street Presbyterian Church [13]
  • As mayor in 1863-64 he had much to do with the planning of the first Brisbane bridge, the town hall and Brisbane Waterworks.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Brisbane City Council Archives
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ retrieved 16 May 2008
  4. ^ Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, New South Wales
  5. ^ Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, Queensland
  6. ^ "Australian Dictionary of Dates"J.H. Heaton, 1879
  7. ^ "BRISBANE'S HISTORIC HOMES.". The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866-1939) (Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 6 February 1930. p. 50. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Truth, 15 December 1907
  9. ^
  10. ^ Edmondstone, George Brisbane City Council Grave Location Search
  11. ^ a b
  12. ^ retrieved 2 January 2010
  13. ^ Ann Street Presbyterian Church Act 1889 reprinted as in force on 1 March 1996

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External links[edit]

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