Edmund Edinburgh CHAMBERLAIN, Masterton Councillor
taken from NZETC which has a photo of Edmund ...
- written about 1895
Councillor Edmund Edinburgh Chamberlain has held a sent on the Borough Council of Masterton continuously, with the exception of a single year, since 1883. Born in 1843 in Wellington, when but few facilities existed for education, Mr. Chamberlain at the age of ten commenced work cutting firewood and milking cows. His father, the late Mr. Thomas Chamberlain, trained his sons in farming and agricultural pursuits, and settled them in the Wairarapa in 1857. Councillor Chamberlain has been a prominent settler in the district, which he has materially assisted in developing.
A section of forty acres at the Upper Plain was given to him by his father nearly forty years ago. This was subsequently sold, and together with his brother, the late Mr. W. F. Chamberlain, he purchased 1000 acres at Upper Taueru. After effecting considerable improvements this property was realized. In 1869 the subject of this notice purchased forty acres at the Upper Pain, which he has since increased to 107 acres. The property, which is known as “Rosswood,” is fully cultivated, and here Mr. Chamberlain resides.
At Miki-Miki he holds 1180 acres of freehold and 210 acres of leasehold, the estate carrying 2300 sheep and 100 head of cattle. Besides giving up a large portion of his time to his public duties as a borough councillor, Mr. Chamberlain has served as a member of the Trust Lands Trust for about three years, and on the committees of the Masterton Agricultural and Pastoral Association the Caledonian Society, and the local jockey club. He is ever ready to do all he can for the district in which he has lived so long.
Mr. Chamberlain, who has declined to be nominated for the mayoralty of the borough, is an economist, but will support any proposal which he considers for the good of the town, if it does not involve excessive rating. He was married in 1869 to a daughter of the late Mr. Colin McKenzie, of Glasgow, and has four daughters and two sons, having lost a son by accidental poisoning.
* Edmund married Catherine 'Kitty' McKENZIE
- a daughter of Colin McKenzie (1812-1850) & Isabella (1813-1904) nee McKenzie of Scotland, buried Maserton
- the known children of Edmund & Catherine were:
1870 - 1950 Sarah Isabella Chamberlain
- Srah married James Gordon SMITH (1875-1942) in 1903
1871 - 1874 Roderick Augustus Chamberlian
- died aged 3 from accidental poisoning
1873 - 1941 Catherine Susannah Chamberlain
- nothing known
1875 - 1963 Florence Gertrude Chamberlain
- Florence married David John GRAHAM (1881-1961) in 1910
1876 - 1959 Alfred Edmund Chamberlain
- Alfred married Charlotte Ada CAMPBELL (1878-1969) in 1900
1884 - 1964 Rosa Adeline Chamberlain
- nothing known
1886 - William Edinborough Chamberlain
- William married Flora McGREGOR in 1909