Edelsten, Frederick Alexander - I159

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Frederick Alexander Edelsten
29 July 1848 – 17 Dec 1915
First Class Passenger
Place of birth Edgbaston, Warwickshire, England
Place of death Enfield, Middlesex, England
Nationality  English
Occupation Australian and General Commission Merchant
Genealogy Data
Person ID I159
Voyage Data
Role First Class Passenger

Mr F. A. Edelston [sic][note 1] is named in South Australian newspaper arrival lists as a First Class (Saloon) passenger who sailed from London to Adelaide in 1867 on board the City of Adelaide. He kept a diary of the voyage.

Frederick Alexander Edelsten was born in Edgbaston, Warwickshire on 29 July 1848. Pin manufacturer Peter Edelsten (~1815-1891) and his wife Jane (~1818-1901) had a large family of at least seven girls and two boys, of which Frederick was the fourth child and eldest son. Frederick had his 19th birthday on the day the City left Plymouth for Adelaide.

His travel to Adelaide seems to have been connected with the firm 'Edelsten, Kingsborough and Pearson, Wholesale Drapers and Warehousemen' which had just taken over from an existing firm in Adelaide. A month after his arrival, Frederick was presented to Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh during the Prince's historic visit.

Frederick undertook a round trip from Adelaide to Albany and Perth, May to July 1868. He then travelled back to England via King George's Sound and Marseilles, August to October 1868, and returned to Adelaide in March 1869. In April he represented the leading partner of the firm at the retirement of another partner. The firm subsequently became Edelsten & Co.

In 1871 Frederick purchased property in Howard Springs, NT which remained in his family for over 100 years (Edelsten Road runs to the property and is named after him).

Frederick had returned to England by 1876 where he married Maria Morgan (1848-1909) on 5 October 1876 at Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire. They had two sons and a daughter. In 1877 his occupation was given as Clerk and in 1878 as Mercantile Clerk.

In 1881 and living in Hackney, London, Frederick's occupation was given as Australian Merchant. He employed two domestic servants in his household.

In 1891 and living at The Elms, Enfield, he was listed as an Australian and General Merchant and had three domestic servants.

In 1901 he was an Australian Merchant and the household had four domestic servants.

Accompanied by his youngest son, Frederick again visited Australia in 1906. He seems to have spent about two months in Sydney.

In 1907 Frederick and his two sons were in partnership as "Australian and General Commission Merchants, at Dashwood House, No. 9, New Broad-street, in the city of London, under the style of F. A. EDELSTEN AND CO."

In 1911, now a widower, Frederick described himself as a Merchant - Colonial and Foreign, Import and Export. The household included his son and four domestic servants.

Frederick Alexander Edelsten died at The Elms, Forty-hill, Enfield, England on 17 December 1915 aged 67.[1]


  1. Numerous spelling variations of Frederick's surname occur in records associated with the voyage but "Edelsten" is used consistently in birth, marriage, death and other official records.