The Edmondson Family
Ann Risley on 23 November 1885 in St Peters Cathedral,
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.
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 Â£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).
Alfred Vivian Edmondson
18 April 1890
1890, in St Peters,
Alfred Vivian is the son of Alfred and Clara Ann Edmonson. Alfred (the
father) is in the civil service, and resident in PMburg.
Ann (Risley) Edmondson
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.
Natalia 41 (2011) pp84-5
Early days with the Natal Parks Board
Some personal reminiscences by a former Principal Scientific Officer by
At about the
same time  the boardâ€™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.
Jessie Irene (Edmondson) Markham
16 April 1893
Wedding of Benjamin Thomas Kelly Markham
and Jessie Irene (Edmondson) Markham in 1913
4 June 1893, in St Peters,
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
Ann (Risley) Edmondson
Thomas Kelly Markham on 4 February 1913 in St Peters parish church,
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.
27 June 1982, aged 89
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
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
Mary Gladys (Edmondson) Potterill
29 November 1887
1888, in St Peters,
The baptism was sponsored by Mrs C. Watling, Mary Risley and father
Ann (Risley) Edmondson
Ernest Potterill on 27 January 1909 in St Peters parish church,
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.
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)
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
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.
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