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Edward Newman (1832-1872) arrived in Western Australia in 1851 under the auspices of Gibson, Murray, Dyett & Co. He later joined Cornish & Paterson, and was Manager of merger firm T & H Carter & Co. Between 1866 and 1867 he was on the Fremantle Town Trust. Newman was a member for Fremantle in the first elective Parliament (1870-1872). He was on the Fremantle Municipal Council in 1872. Fremantle Library.
Edward Newman, principal of the old-time firm of T. and H. Carter and Company, was a man of brilliant intellect, and in 1870 he, with W. D. Moore, was elected as one of Fremantle’s two representatives in the first elective Parliament. He was an extremely able debater and speedily made his mark as a legislator. But for his untimely death in 1872, he would undoubtedly have attained to eminence in the political arena. He was always in the forefront of any movement calculated to benefit Fremantle. Hitchcock, JK 1929, The History of Fremantle, The Front Gate of Australia 1829-1929, Fremantle City Council: 107. Photo also from Hitchcock.
Edward Newman (c. 1832 – 25 November 1872) was a businessman and accountant in colonial Western Australia who served as a member of the colony's Legislative Council from February to July 1870, and then again from October 1870 until his death.
Newman was born in England, and came to Western Australia in 1851, settling in Fremantle. He initially worked as an accountant, employed by Cornish & Paterson and then by Pander & Bartram, and later managed Carter, Bartram & Co., a merchant firm. Newman was elected to the Fremantle Town Trust in 1866, and remained a member until his death. He contested the unofficial elections for the Legislative Council in 1867, but was defeated. In February 1870, Newman was nominated to the council by the governor, Sir Frederick Weld, replacing Walter Bateman. His first period as a councillor lasted only until July of the same year, when a writ of election was issued.
At the 1870 Legislative Council elections, Newman was elected to the new seat of Fremantle, alongside William Dalgety Moore. He died in office in late November 1872 (aged 40), breaking his neck after being thrown from his horse near Mandurah. He was riding from Fremantle to Bunbury (via Pinjarra) to visit an agricultural show.
Newman's funeral was attended by 400 people, including many government officials. He had been married twice, firstly to Cora Matilda Conway (née Lamb) in 1854, with whom he had four children. He was widowed in 1861, and remarried in 1863 to Ellen Wood (née Woodward), with whom he had another three children. He also had stepchildren by his second wife, one of whom, Barrington Wood, was also a member of parliament [and first mayor of Fremantle].
The town of Newman, Western Australia, was named for Mount Newman, which was named after Edward Newman's son Aubrey Woodward Newman, who died in 1896 while exploring the North-West.
Edward Newman – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
"SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 1870", Fremantle Herald, 5 March 1870. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
"THE FATAL ACCIDENT TO MR. NEWMAN.", Fremantle Herald, 30 November 1872.
"THE LATE MESSRS. BROCKMAN AND NEWMAN, M.L.C.s.", The Inquirer & Commercial News, 4 December 1872.
Wikipedia article on Edward Newman.
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