Edward Higham

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Edward Higham

Edward Henry Higham (26 July 1846 – 20 April 1885) was a Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council from 1880 to 1884.


The son of a baker, Edward Higham was born in Brackley, Northamptonshire, England (one source says Oxfordshire[1]) on 26 July 1846. In 1853 his family emigrated to Western Australia, settling in Fremantle and opening a bakery and confectionery shop.[2] After the death of his father, Higham left school in 1859 to help his mother, Mary Higham run the shop. By 1870 his mother had created a second business – M. Higham and Sons, selling clothing and furnishing – and Edward became a partner in the firm.[3]

From 1870 on, Higham became increasingly involved in public life. In 1871 be became the chairman of the Fremantle Roads Board at a meeting at his mother's house. This committee was to become important in time and is seen today as the start of the City of Cockburn.[4] From 1872 to 1876 he served on the Fremantle Town Council,[1] and in 1873 he became a founding member of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce. He was chairman of the Fremantle Building Society for ten years from 1875, and a member of the Fremantle Board of Education in 1876. From 1878 until 1882, Higham against served on the Fremantle Town Council, becoming its chairman in 1883. On 10 February 1880, Edward Higham became a Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council, holding the seat of Fremantle until 21 October 1884.

In April 1880, Higham married Alice Glyde, daughter of George Glyde and later wife of William Pearse. They would have three sons and a daughter. Higham died at Fremantle on 20 April 1885.[1] Edward Higham is distantly related to the British actor and explorer Tim Higham, also known as Tim FitzHigham FRSA, FRGS.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

John Higham (Australian politician), Edward's brother


  1. ^ a b c "OBITUARY.". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 22 April 1885. p. 3. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Deborah Tout-Smith (1998). The Foundations of Fremantle: Exploring the early history of Western Australia's port city. Perth: Western Australian Museum. p. 44. ISBN 0 7307 3811 6. 
  3. ^ Founders and Felons. Western Australia: Metropolitan Cemeteries Board. 2003. p. 17. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Records of the Fremantle Roads Board". Curtin University Library. Retrieved 29 August 2013.