01-02-1908: Holy Trinity Anglican, Balaclava, Victoria.

Artist/Studio: Brooks, Robinson, Melbourne, Victoria.
Location: Balaclava, Victoria, Australia.
Building: Holy Trinity, Elwood & Balaclava.
Memorial: Edmund & Emily Ashley.
Photos dated: 7th Jan 2013.

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Malvern Standard, Vic, Saturday 1st February 1908, page 2.

“A beautiful stained glass memorial window, recently erected in Holy Trinity Church, Balaclava, to the memory of the late Edmund and Emily Ashley, was unveiled on Sunday last at the morning service, which was taken by the vicar, the Rev. F. G. Masters, the preacher being the Rev. Canon Sutton, former vicar of the parish. The two light window is of the Gothic style, and the subject chosen is the appearance of the risen Christ to Mary Magdalene (John xx., 17). The figures are designed in the foreground in rich colors of the finest antique glasses, enriched with diapers and golden stains, while in the background is depicted the tomb. On a scroll immediately below the figures is written the text, “I ascend unto My Father and your Father.” At the base of the window is designed a tablet with the inscription, “In loving memory of Edmund Ashley, died 7th December, 1892, and Emily Ashley, his wife, died 14th July, 1906.” The work was designed and executed by Messrs Brooks, Robinson and Co. Ltd., Melbourne.”

The Argus, Melbourne, Vic, Wednesday 7th December 1892, page 6.


“Another very old colonist has passed away in Mr. Edmund Ashley, who died last night at his residence, Chesterfield, Tennyson street, St. Kilda. The deceased gentleman had been in very indifferent health for some time past, but was well enough on Saturday last to enjoy a drive. On Sunday, however, while the family were absent at church, Mr. Ashley was seized with an apoplectic fit, unconsciousness supervening. From the period of his seizure he remained unconscious until his death. The deceased was born at the village of Tupton, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, on 7th June 1818. In Chesterfield he acquired a knowledge of his trade as an agricultural implement maker. Having served his apprenticeship, he determined to try his fortune in these colonies, and arrived in Melbourne by the Himalaya on February 26, 1842. Mr. Ashley’s first engagement was with the firm of Messrs. Robert Langlands and Thomas Fulton, engineers, with which firm he remained until the partnership was dissolved in 1846. He then joined the firm of Fulton, Smith, and Annand, with whom he remained until 1851. In the following year the deceased entered into partnership with Mr. Richard Heales as importers of coach materials and general merchandise. He erected the first building north of Franklin-street, where the firm conducted their business. The firm subsequently bought the Ferntree Gully sawmills, which led to the opening up of Ferntree Gully as a popular holiday resort. Having dissolved partnership in 1862 Mr. Ashley paid a second visit to the old country, and on returning to the colony he continued his business as importer of coachbuilders’ material, and also engaged in farming pursuits at Scoresby. He was identified with the management of the Melbourne Benevolent Asylum ever since it’s foundation, and always evinced a most kindly interest in the welfare of that institution as well as in other philanthropic projects. The deceased gentleman leaves a widow and eight children – seven sons and one daughter. The last-mentioned was married to Dr. J. B. Backhouse, of Brighton, some two years ago. During his illness the deceased was attended by Drs. Backhouse and Rankin.

The Argus, Melbourne, Friday 9th December 1892, page 1.

“ASHLEY.- The Friends of the late Mr. EDMUND ASHLEY, J.P., are informed that his remains will be interred in the St. Kilda Cemetery. The funeral is appointed  to move from his late residence, Chesterfield, Tennyson-street, South St. Kilda, THIS DAY (Friday, the 9th inst.), at 3 o’clock. ALF. AUG. SLEIGHT, Undertaker, 182 Collins-street; High-street, St. Kilda; Chapel-street, South Yarra; and Burwood-road, Hawthorn”.


Camperdown Chronicle, Vic, Tuesday 10th January 1893, page 2.

“The will of Edmund Ashley, late of Chesterfield Villa, Tennyson-street St. Kilda and a prominent member of the Melbourne Benevolent Asylum, has been lodged for probate. Deceased died on the 7th December, 1892, leaving a will dated the 19th October, 1888. The value of the estate is reality £53,000′ personality, £8000; total £61,000, and it is all left to the widow and children of the deceased”.


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