Edward Hamilton (Australian politician)

Edward Angus Hamilton (born 27 February 1831) was an architect and politician in colonial South Australia.[1]

Hamilton was the son of George Ernest Hamilton, a civil engineer, and arrived in South Australia on 5 December 1849.[2] In April 1852 he began Government service at the Assay Office, where remained until June 1853. Hamilton was then appointed Assistant to the Colonial Architect, William Bennett Hays.[2] By January 1854 he had been appointed Assistant Architect in the Colonial Architect's Office. When Hays left for England towards the end of 1854, Hamilton was placed in charge.[2] On 10 July 1856 Hamilton was appointed Colonial Architect and Supervisor of Works[2][3] with a salary of £450 per annum and a £112 gratuity.[4] Hamilton married Ellen Seymour in 1856.[2] Hamilton resigned as colonial architect around August 1860.[4]

Hamilton and his father were involved in constructing the Kadina to Wallaroo railway, completed in 1866.[5] Their partnership was dissolved later in 1866 when George was appointed to the Strathalbyn and Middleton Railway and Edward joined the architectural firm of Wright & Woods, which he left in 1868 to become second-in-charge of the Colonial Architect's Department.

Hamilton was elected a member of the South Australian House of Assembly for the District of Light on 5 April 1870, served as Treasurer of South Australia from 12 May 1870 to 30 May 1870 and resigned a year later, unmourned,[6] on 28 July 1871.[1] and reportedly left the Colony for South America.[4]


  • Hamilton designed the present (Anglican) St George's Church in Gawler in Early English style. The foundation stone was laid on 6 January 1858 but the building was not consecrated until 23 April 1895 (by Bishop Kennion), initially due to the church trustees not accepting the Model Trust Deed.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Mr Edward Hamilton". Former Member of Parliament Details. Parliament of South Australia.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Hamilton, Edward Angus". Architects Database. University of South Australia.
  3. ^ Mennell, Philip (1892). "Hamilton, Edward Angus" . The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co – via Wikisource.
  4. ^ a b c "Digging up the Past". The Register. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 15 November 1924. p. 10. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Opening of the Wallaroo Railway". South Australian Weekly Chronicle. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 14 July 1866. p. 7. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  6. ^ "The Kapunda Herald". Kapunda Herald and Northern Intelligencer. S.A.: National Library of Australia. 21 April 1871. p. 2. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  7. ^ "St. George's Church, Gawler". The Bunyip. South Australia. 1 May 1874. p. 4. Retrieved 12 December 2019 – via Trove.