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, he was born 26 July 1846,in Brackley, Northamptonshire, England. In 1853 his father and mother, John and Mary Higham, and family emigrated to Western Australia, settling in Fremantle and opening a bakery and confectionery shop. After the death of his John Higham, Edward left school in 1859 to help his mother 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.
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. From 1872 to 1876 he served on the Fremantle Town Council, 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 again 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. Wikipedia.
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Wikipedia page, whence the photo
Edward Higham obituary, The West Australian, 25 April 1885
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