The Edmondson Family

Alfred Edmondson

Married: Clara Ann Risley on 23 November 1885 in St Peters Cathedral, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
Alfred Edmondson is recorded as a bachelor, of full age. He is in the civil service and resident in Pietermaritzburg. Clara Ann Risley is recorded as a spinster, of full age, resident at Chase Valley, Pietermaritzburg. The marriage was performed by Thos. Colley, Archdeacon and witnessed by William Risley, Matilda Risley, Emily Ford and Frederick William Risley.

Occupation: Civil Servant
Alfred was first appointed to a position in the colonial government on 7 August 1883 (Blue Book of the Colony of Natal 1889 pC8) and in 1886 was a clerk in the office of the Registrar of Deeds (The Colonial Office List for 1886 p165). On 19 January 1888 he was appointed accountant's clerk in the Colonial Engineer's office, earning an annual salary of £162 10s. (Blue Book of the Colony of Natal 1889 pC8). On 22 August 1889, Alfred was appointed Chief Clerk and Accountant in the Colonial Engineer's Office (Blue Book of the Colony of Natal 1889 pN23).

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Alfred Vivian Edmondson

Birth: 18 April 1890

Baptism: 1890, in St Peters, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
Alfred Vivian is the son of Alfred and Clara Ann Edmonson. Alfred (the father) is in the civil service, and resident in PMburg.

Father: Alfred Edmondson

Mother: Clara Ann (Risley) Edmondson

Married: Mary Ollie Cameron on 5 October 1931 in St Peters, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
Alfred Vivian Edmondson is recorded as a bachelor, aged 41, born in S. Africa. He is a civil servant and resident at 108 Boshoff St, PMburg. Mary Ollie Cameron is recorded as a spinster, aged 27. She is a civil servant and resident at King Edward Avenue, PMburg. The marriage was witnessed by J B Cameron and A W Potterill.

Mary was born in 1903/4, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal. She was a civil servant. Mary died in 1970.

Occupation: Provincial Accountant

Notes:
Natalia 41 (2011) pp84-5
Early days with the Natal Parks Board
Some personal reminiscences by a former Principal Scientific Officer by Bob Crass
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At about the same time [1950] the board’s financial affairs were placed in the capable hands of A.V. Edmondson, ex-Provincial Accountant. This large, genial man was known for his interest in his many friends, especially at the time of their demise. Attending funerals seemed to be his main hobby. A minor quirk was to save paper by slitting open every envelope he received, in order to use the inside surface for drafting memoranda. I hate to think what he would have thought of the vast quantities of paper spewed out by modern computers.

Death: 1972

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Jessie Irene (Edmondson) Markham

Wedding of Benjamin Thomas Kelly Markham and Jessie Irene Edmondson
Wedding of Benjamin Thomas Kelly Markham and Jessie Irene (Edmondson) Markham in 1913
photo posted by Robert Wallace at flickr
Birth: 16 April 1893

Baptism: 4 June 1893, in St Peters, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
Jessie Irene is the daughter of Alfred and Clara Edmondson. Alfred is a civil servant, resident in Berg St, P.M.Berg. The baptism was sponsored by A. Edmondson, Edith Mills and Jessie Edmondson

Father: Alfred Edmondson

Mother: Clara Ann (Risley) Edmondson

Married: Benjamin Thomas Kelly Markham on 4 February 1913 in St Peters parish church, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
Benjamin Thomas Kelly Markham is recorded as a bachelor, aged 40. He is a stock inspector, resident in Isandhlwana, Zululand. Jessie Irene Edmondson is recorded as a spinster, aged 19, resident in Maritzburg. Consent was given by C. Edmondson, mother and legal guardian of the bride. The marriage was witnessed by A E Potterill and A. Edmondson.

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Gravestone of Benjamin Thomas Kelly Markham and Jessie Irene (Edmondson) Markham
Gravestone of Benjamin Thomas Kelly Markham and Jessie Irene (Edmondson) Markham in Anglican Church of the Resurrection cemetery, Camperdown, Natal, South Africa
photo by Alta Griffiths at eGGSA
Death: 27 June 1982, aged 89

Burial: Anglican Church of the Resurrection cemetery, Camperdown, Natal, South Africa
The gravestone reads:
In Loving Memory Of / Benjamin Thomas Kelly Markham M.C. / dearly loved husband of Irene / passed peacefully away at Camperdown / 14th December 1950 / Aged 78 Years. / His duty nobly done /
Jessie Irene Markham / passed peacefully away on / 27th June 1982 - Aged 89 Years / fondly remembered by Hazel and Jess and their Families / Rest in Peace


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Mary Gladys (Edmondson) Potterill

Birth: 29 November 1887

Baptism: 1888, in St Peters, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
The baptism was sponsored by Mrs C. Watling, Mary Risley and father

Father: Alfred Edmondson

Mother: Clara Ann (Risley) Edmondson

Married: Alfred Ernest Potterill on 27 January 1909 in St Peters parish church, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
Alfred Ernest Poterill is recorded as a bachelor, aged 26. He is a farmer and resident in Kamberg, Mooi River. Mary Gladys Edmondson is recorded as a spinster, aged 21, resident in Maritzburg. The marriage was witnessed by J. E. Risley and F Potterill.

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Notes: This amusing snippet mentions Mary as "Auntie Potts" running a guesthouse at Kamberg, Natal
South African Archeologocal Society Gnews vol 51 pp10-11 (March 2005)
A visit by the Abbé by Adrian Flett
  In December 1945, Graham and Dulcie Clarke were honeymooning at what was known as the Top House on Game Pass Farm at Kamberg. At that time the farm belonged to Colonel Greene, son of Dean Greene who had been actively involved in the Bishop Colenso affair.
  One day a car arrived at the Top House and the driver introduced himself as Clarence (Peter) Van Riet Lowe and said he had heard of the Bushman paintings on the farm and wondered if he might see them. Graham took him to Game Pass Shelter and to another site further up the valley of the Mooi River; probably Kranzses Shelter.
  The farm adjacent to Game Pass Farm, where the main buildings of Kamberg Reserve now stand, was at that time owned by the Potterill family. When Mr. Potterill died, his widow, affectionately known as Auntie Potts, had stayed on at the farm and was running a guesthouse. Van Riet Lowe was staying over at Auntie Potts’ guesthouse during his visit. He told Graham and Dulcie of the Abbé Breuil’s forthcoming visit to South Africa and asked if he might bring the Abbé to see the paintings. In 1946 Van Riet Lowe called at Graham and Dulcie’s home in Hilton to introduce them to the Abbé Breuil and his secretary who travelled with him. And so the three went off to stay at Auntie Potts’ guesthouse and to see the rock art.
  In the guesthouse, Graham recalls, Auntie Potts had “rock art” which had been painted by an artist friend. It appears Van Riet Lowe showed the Abbé the pseudo art representing it as the real thing and the Abbé enthused over it. Once the story came out the Abbé was not amused. He was however, by all reports, impressed by the real thing at Game Pass Shelter.

  You wonder if Auntie Potts had caught Van Riet Lowe with her pseudo art, on his previous visit, and he was merely passing on the joke.

Death: 1949

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