Edward Griffith

Last Name


Given Name:


Arrival in Queensland


Date of Birth

13 February 1819

Place of Birth

Bath, Somersetshire, England

Date of Death

23 September 1891


Toowong Cemetery

Place of residence in Queensland



Mary Walker Griffith

Date of Marriage

18 October 1842


Edward Griffith was born in Bath, Somersetshire, England on 13 February 1819. He arrived in Australia on the Nile in 1854 with is wife Mary and their five children. That same year he travelled to Ipswich to found a Congregational Church for the Colonial Missionary Society. His son Samuel Walker Griffith was Premier of Queensland from November 1883 to June 1888. Rev. Edward Griffith died at New Farm, Brisbane in 1891 and is buried in Toowong cemetery.


Memorials of the Rev. Edward Griffith

Griffith, Mary Harriet, 1892.
This book was written by Edward Griffith's daughter Mary and is dedicated to her father, brothers and sisters. It was published in Brisbane by R. S. Hews and Co. Two chapters from the book can be accessed online and describe the family's journey on the 'Nile' in 1854 and some of their experiences at Ipswich and West Maitland in 1857:


Memorials of the Reg. Edward Griffith

Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser
21 February 1893, p. 2

The Late Rev. Edward Griffith

Brisbane Courier
28 September 1891, p. 5

Online Resources

Rev. Edward Griffith: West Maitland and Ipswich