Edward Charles Close

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Edward Charles Close
Personal details
Born (1790-03-12)12 March 1790
Rangamati, Bengal
Died 7 May 1866(1866-05-07) (aged 76)
Morpeth, New South Wales, Australia
Resting place Anglican Church of St James, Morpeth
Political party None
Profession soldier, civil engineer, local government official, magistrate
Awards Peninsular medal[1]
Military service
Service/branch United Kingdom British Army
Years of service 1808-1822
Rank Lieutenant
Unit 48th Regiment
Battles/wars Peninsular War

Edward Charles Close (Senior) (12 March 1790 – 7 May 1866)[2] was a British soldier, engineer, New South Wales colonial magistrate, member of the New South Wales Legislative Council, and early European settler in Morpeth.[3] [4]

Close was transferred to Newcastle where he was acting engineer from 1821 to 1822.[2]

Closes' son, Edward Charles Close junior, was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.[5]


  1. ^ "The Late MR. E. C. Close of Morpeth.". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 23 May 1866. p. 5. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Major Edward Charles (1) CLOSE (1790–1866)". Parliament of New South Wales. 
  3. ^ Nancy Gray, 'Close, Edward Charles (1790–1866)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/close-edward-charles-1905/text2255, accessed 28 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Edward Charles Close – New South Wales Sketchbook: Sea Voyage, Sydney, Illawarra, Newcastle, Morpeth, c. 1817-1840" in Manuscripts, Oral History and Pictures Catalogue (database), New South Wales Government, State Library accessed 28 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Mr Edward Charles (2) CLOSE (1825–1887)". Parliament of New South Wales.