was born on
19th December 1806 in Devonshire.
He may have arrived in Australia on the Florentia in
He leased 165 acres of land in the town of Maitland from Thomas
Harper in November 1839. (1)
3rd February 1847 Governor Sir Charles Fitzroy
accompanied by the Honorable C.D. Riddell, G. Fitzroy, Lieut. Masters,
and James Reid,
alighted from the steamer
at the Hunter River Company's Wharf at Morpeth.
he Governor's own horses
also arrived with him on the steamer and he and his
party mounted to proceed on their journey without delay. He
was accompanied by about fifty gentlemen from the district
who fell behind forming an escort as he rode to
Perhaps Dr. Edye was
part of this escort. He may have attended Major Innes after
the Major was thrown from his horse when a heavy shower drenched
the party half way to Maitland. He was certainly present
later that day at the levee held at George Yeomans'
Northumberland Hotel. He was presented to the Governor along with
other gentlemen such as George Turner, Mr. Rogerson,
John Skottowe Parker,
Emanuel Hungerford, Mr. Doyle,
John Gill, Mr. Dangar,
Mr. Geddes, Mr. Parnell,
Edward Capper and
Alfred Edye had taken
part in meetings months before to make arrangements for the
reception of the Governor so he was probably present also at
the dinner that followed later that evening where speeches
were made and the toasts raised with loud cheers.
Dr. Edye resided in High St. West Maitland. In 1854 the
premises were offered for sale - There was a commodious brick house containing
seven apartments - a large shop 28ft 6 inches by 14 ft 10 inches; 1 hall
room; 1 dressing room; 4 bedrooms as well as a brick built store room 30 feet in
length by 14 feet width and a slab kitchen of two apartments with brick floor.
The premises adjoined the
Alfred Oke Edye died aged 49 on
16th May 1856 and was buried in the St. Peter's Cemetery at
Notes & Links:
Colonial Military Officers
(1) New South Wales Government. New South Wales,
Various Land Records. State Records Authority of New South Wales,
Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.