Edward Sandford

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Edward Sandford was born in England in 1823. He married Eliza Gregory in 1849. Sandford died in 1907 and is buried at St Kilda Cemetery.[1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Sandford was a Special Constable.[2]

Post 1854 Experiences

Sandford worked as a lawyer. He started the Law Institute.[3]

See also

A CHAT WITH AN OLD COLONIST. SAle:":andra has recently been visited by one of 'Victoria's oldest colonists in the person of Mr. Edward Sandford, (the father of our shire, secretary,), who left for Melbourne, on Monday last after a brief visit.. In an interesting talk which we had with him, we learnt that he came to Sydney in 1842, and after admission as a solicitor there, came over to Victoria in 1852, where he has resided continuously ever since. At one time Mr. Sandford .was in partnership with Mr. 'T. C. Harwood, M.L.C. of Geelong, and afterwards became a member of the firm of Bennett, Taylor and Sandford, (subsequently,. Nutt, Sandford, and Allport). In In 1866 he entered the Government Service as an Examiner of Titles, in which capacity he was largely instru mental in establishing and placing upon its present firm footing, the Transfer of Land Act. Victoria may be said too, to owe the existence of its Law Institute to Mr. Sandford, who was its founder, first Secretary, and framer of its rules and regulations. His education at St. Paul's School, London, led him ever to lean towards the introduction of the parish-school system here. To this he gave practical effect by commencing the first school of the kind in Victoria,-All Saints' Grammar School, East St. Kilda. Of this he is very proud. Commencing in a small way he acted as secretary of it for a number of years and left it in a flourishing state in which it has continued ever since, giving proof of its complete success, and rewarding his perseverance. He never took any prominent part in public life, as he felt his position in the Government service precluded it, but he has ever taken a deep interest in matters relating to the welfare of Victoria. Mr. Sandford vacated the position of Chief Examiner of Titles in 1891, after a service of upwards of 25 years, and is now enjoying a well-earned rest after a busy life of nearly four-score years. We hope to soon see Mr. Sandford in Alexandra again, for he has always something to relate worth the hearing of his early experiences in the old diggings days on Ballarat, when he was a specially sworn-in constable at the time of the Eureka stockade outbreak, and the early days of this State.[4]

Further Reading

Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.


  1. Research by J. Grinlaw.
  2. Research by J. Grinlaw.
  3. Research by J. Grinlaw.
  4. Alexandra and Yea Standard, 19 April 1901.

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