Mayor 1860 – 1861.

Second term of office 1861 – 1862.

Third term of office 1869 – 1870.


Member of the Liberal Party.

A Nonconformist – Protestant Dissenter.

Edward entered the Council in 1847 as one of the representatives of St. Clement’s Ward.

Born: 28th August 1812, Poplar Farm, Wetheringsett-cum-Brockford, Suffolk.




1851   Fore Street, Ipswich.


Edward was 38 years old, a Chemist & Druggist – employing 13 men. He was married and head of the household.

Anna, 41.

Edward, 14, an Apprentice Chemist.

Frederick, 10.

Fanny, 9.

Harriet, 8.

3 Chemist & Druggist Apprentices.

1 visitor.

2 house servants.

1 business servant.


1861   2, Henley Road, Ipswich.


Edward was 48 years old, a Drug Merchant. He was married and head of the household.

Harriet, 43.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.


1871   1, Henley Road, Ipswich.


Edward was 58 years old, an Alderman & Magistrate and Chemist & Farmer of 110 acres – employing 4 men + 1 boy. He was married and head of the household.

Harriet, 54.

nephew – Thomas M. Johnson, 21, a Chemist Assistant, born Lancashire.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

1 general domestic servant.


1881   South Beach House, Bent Hill, Felixstowe, Suffolk.


Edward was 68 years old, a Farmer – 90 acres – employing 3 men & 2 boys. He was married and head of the household.

Harriet, 63.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

1 page boy.





The annual meeting of the Ipswich Town Council was held on Wednesday, 9th November 1870, at the Town Hall. Edward Grimwade was in the chair for the last time as Mayor of Ipswich before his successor was elected. During the meeting as a last pleasing duty, Edward told the Council that he had been asked by his son, Mr. Frederick Sheppard Grimwade, now of the city of Melbourne, Australia, to present to the Council, on behalf of the town, eight photographs of the visit of Prince Alfred to the city of Melbourne during November 1867. The photographs were not purchased, nor were they purchasable. Frederick had made an application at the head office of the Commissioners of Woods and Forests, in whose hands they were, and they consented that he should have a copy of a set for presentation to the town of Ipswich, from which Frederick had come, and still held feelings of interest. Edward Grimwade begged the Council to accept from his hands the seven photographs and a plan of the city of Melbourne. Edward on his son’s request had had then framed, after taking opinions from several gentlemen as to the best kind of frames.

Alderman George Josselyn was reminded by the Town Clerk, Mr. Stephen Abbot Notcutt that a vote of thanks should be moved by the Council. The resolution was supported, and a message of thanks was sent to Mr. Frederick Grimwade, with a formal recognition to be handed to the Government of Melbourne.

At the request of the Mayor-elect, Mr. George Green Sampson, Edward Grimwade kept the chair for the rest of the Council meeting. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 12th November 1870



Image courtesy of Mr. A. Gilbert – Ipswich Borough Council.

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