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Edmund Richard Wright (1816 - 1847)

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Edmund Richard Wright
Born in Southwark, London, England, United Kingdommap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 16 Apr 1840 in Perth, Western Australia, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Canning River, Western Australia, Australiamap
Profile last modified 28 Oct 2019 | Created 22 Oct 2019
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His parents were William and Jane Wright. He was baptised 10/4/1816 in Southwark Christ Church, Southwark England. His father was a Coachmaker.

He arrived in the colony on 19/8/1834 on the James Pattison from London via Cape of Good Hope and Albany. The vessel also carried the Governor Sir James and Lady Stirling. In June 1835 he was an indentured servant to Capt William Shaw who had settled in the Upper Swan. In October 1837 he gave notice that he intended to leave the colony on the brig Hero. In April 1839 he was charged with burglary of John Okley's house in Perth. He was found not guilty. In 1840 he was a butcher in Perth. In May 1841 he lived opposite John Lewis the Manager of the Bank of Australasia who committed suicide. Prior to October 1841 he was in partnership with John Oxley as butchers. The partnership was dissolved that month. In 1846 he sold the business to buy a farm in Middle Swan. He married and had three children. He drowned while trying to cross the Canning River on horseback at the rapids opposite Dr Shipton's residence. Members of the Hester family unsuccessfully tried to rescue him. He had been driving cattle from his house near Redcliff to Fremantle with William Dunnom. His body was found on 31/8/1847 only twenty yards from where his drowning occurred. Could this be William Dunham who subsequently became his wife's second husband?


  • London England Church of England Births and Baptisms 1813 - 1830.
  • Article. The Perth Gazette 6/6/1835.
  • Article. The Perth Gazette 28/10/1837.
  • Article. The Perth Gazette 6/4/1839.
  • Article. The Perth Gazette 2/9/1847.
  • West Australian BDM records. Death reg 362/1847.
  • Article. The Perth Gazette and West Australian Journal 28/8/1847.

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