Born in Jersey, the Channel Islands in 1839 , Edward Bartley's parents were Robert and Betsy Bartley, and he was their 10th child.
Edward Bartley migrated from England to New Zealand.
Edward trained as a carpenter/joiner as did his older brother Robert working in the building trade under their father. Both Edward and Robert emigrated to New Zealand. Edward was 15 and travelled with Robert and his wife Esther.
They arrived in New Zealand on the Joseph Fletcher arriving in 1854 in Auckland and were quickly able to secure work as builders, with their first employer being A Black, building a series of two-storey shops on the corner of Queen and Victoria Streets.
The work was hard and long as all the timber had to be hand-planed and prepared, unlike timber back in England.
Edward next went to work for a building contractor E.I.Matthews, a retired officer of the Royal Engineers Department. This employment involved construction of a number of Government buildings.
In 1859, five years after his arrival and at about the age of 20, Edward married Elizabeth Hannken, daughter of a German settler. The young couple lived first in Union Street Auckland, on part of the Hannken property. They later moved to the The Strand at Devonport.
The Jury List for 1860-61.,Daily Southern Cross, Volume XVII, Issue 1294, 7 February 1860 has Edward listed as a Carpenter, in Union Street, Auckland.
In 1862 Edward had reached the position of foreman, and was put to work building St Paul's in Auckland, demolishing most of the old church to do so.
The New Zealand Wars saw him briefly leave his usual employment for military service.
In the 1870's Edward progressed from building work to architecture.
Home of architect Edward Bartley in Devonport
Children of Edward Bartley and Elizabeth Hannken
Arthur Edward (1859- 1940)
Frederick Adolphous (1862- 1899)
Alfred Martin (186?- 1929)
Clement George (1866- 1871)
Matilda Louisa (1867-1868)
Emily Bertha (1869-1944)
Harold Edgar (1871- 1872)
Mabel Theresa (1872-1873)
Albert Ernest (1873- 1940)
May Elizabeth (1875- 1951)
Eva Rosine (1877- 1954)
Percival Leonard (1878- 1908)
Amy Zealandia (1879- 1880)
Claude Victor (1881- 1919)
Edward wrote some reminiscences of Auckland and his life which have been published online at the Bartley Archive by Meg Bartley.
Taranaki Daily News 31st May 1919 Mr. Edward Bartley, architect, aged 81 years, was found dead in bed on Wednesday. The late Mr. Bartley was born in Jersey, Channel Islands, and was educated there. He received his early training from his father, who was an architect and builder. In 1854 he came to New Zealand in the ship Joseph Fletcher, in company with his elder brother, Mr. Robert Bartley. For the past quarter of a century he had devoted his energies exclusively to architecture, designing and supervising the erection of several of Auckland's most handsome buildings, including the Auckland Savings Bank, the Jewish Synagogue, Opera House, and other noticeable structures. Other noteworthy specimens of the late gentleman's skill and judgment are several city and suburban churches. He was diocesan architect for the Church of England, and was widely experienced in church architecture. The late Mr. Bartley was one of the first members of the Auckland Choral Society, established in 1855, and for fourteen years was choirmaster of the Trinity Church, Devonport, where he had resided for many years. One of his many good works was the establishment of a boys' workshop (in connection with the district school), where for two nights a week for ten years he gave instruction .The workshop took a first award at the Industrial Exhibition in Auckland. The late Mr. Bartley was a devoted lover of science, his scientific use of the microscope having been a hobby for over forty years.
Death Registration. Second Quarter (April--june) 1919, Devonport, Auckland District, New Zealand. Number: 1919/3551, Family Name: Bartley, Given Name(s): Edward, Age at Death: 80Y. https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/ Dunedin Public Library Genealogy Section.
Source: S12 Text: "England and Wales Census, 1841," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M77B-6GW : accessed 13 January 2015), Edward Bartley, St Helier, St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands; from "1841 England, Scotland and Wales census," index and images, findmypast (www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey. Data Changed: Date: 14 JAN 2015
Source: S15 Text: "England and Wales Census, 1851," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/SG8B-2ZW : accessed 15 January 2015), Edward Bartley, Channel Islands; from "1851 England, Scotland and Wales census," index and images, findmypast (www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey. Data Changed: Date: 16 JAN 2015
The Bartley Archive - family history website of the New Zealand Bartleys 
Auckland Libraries Heritage Image Collection - Sir George Grey Special Collection.