Edmond Daly (1841-1919) - His Days With the Queensland
[Source: Researched by Dale Wilson and recorded
in his ancestory.com
1881-1883 Station Master & Traffic Manager, Maryborough,
the first appointment to Maryborough Station
1883-1891 Station Master
& Traffic Manager,North Bundaberg
1892-1894 Goods agent,
Vulture Street, South
1894-1911 Station Master,
South Brisbane, then retirement
returns to the Railway and works in the Lost Property Office
at Central Station, Brisbane
Maryborough Chronicle 6 August 1883:The
newly gazetted Traffic Manager for the Maryborough and Bundaberg
Railways is Mr Richard Sexton. It is rumoured that Mr E Daly in developing the Maryborough Railway,
and now that he has by unremitting attention and hard work, even
to loading the trucks and showing porters how to do their business,
acquired an intimate acquaintance with the peculiarities of this
badly equipped line, he is to be sent away to make room for
another and a stranger who knows us not.
Maryborough Chronicle 16 August 1883:
As we predicted the aforeshadowed removal of
Mr E Daly, our Station Master, to a scene where his ability
and his experience gained on the Maryborough-Gympie line would
comparatively with his retention in his present office, be lost,
has called forth a feeling of indignation among those who know
him at both ends of the line. At Gympie, as well as Maryborough,
prominent citizens are getting up a request to the Railway Authorities
that his services may be retained in Maryborough and we heartily
wish success to their endeavours.
Maryborough Chronicle 11 September 1883: In personal matters, we have
to note the removal of Mr E Daly, who has acted as our Station
Master from the first, to Bundaberg, and his place is filled by
Mr Sexton as Traffic Manager of the Bundaberg and Maryborough
lines. Mr Daly was the recipient of pleasing testimonials
ere [sic] his departure.
History of Bundaberg by J.Y. Walker: North Bundaberg Floods of 1890: When the water approached the
steps of the Mulgrave Hotel, recollections of the 'early days'
were forced upon the minds of the residents who witnessed the
flood of '75. No other course being open, preparations for a 'shift'
were made with all alacrity, and it is greatly to the credit of
Mr E Daly, Station Master in Charge, that he without solicitation,
placed trains at the service of anyone wishing to move onto higher
ground. A large number of people, with their belongings, availed
themselves of Mr Daly's kindness.
Courier 8 November 1919 "Train Accident: Fatality at Central
Station: An old employee killed”: A regrettable accident occurred
at Central Station at about 9:15 a.m. yesterday. Edmond Daly,
aged 74 years, who resided at Walmsley Street,
Kangaroo Point, was crossing the line at the Edward Street
end, in order to get to No. 4 Platform, when he was run down by
an engine and empty carriages leaving the station for Roma Street
Station. He was dragged a considerable distance, death was evidently
occurred instantaneously. The deceased was one of the oldest employees
of the department. He entered the service in 1875, and in 1883
was in charge of the Bundaberg Railway, before it was connected
In 1911 he retired from the service, but was re-employed in the
Lost Property Office at Central Station, which position he held
at the time of his death. The deceased man, who was married, is
survived by a large family. The Inquest was held on 12th January
Daly 1841-1919 - Maryborough & Gympie Railway Line Opening
[Source ancestry.com ; Lynch/Daly Family Tree]
Chronicle 9th August 1881
VERSION:Prior to the Official Opening
of the Maryborough Gympie Rail line is was decided to hold a test
run to Gympie, on Gympie's Show Day. BUT ALAS!!!!!!
prospect of general harmony at the opening of the railway is,
it appears, clouded through the perrifoggery of one of the Brisbane
Under-Secretaries. It was generally known that on Friday
week it was intimated by the Chief Engineer of Railways that for
the convenience of the public, a train should run from Gympie
to Maryborough on Tuesday [show day]. Mr Mellor, Mayor of
Gympie, accordingally got pass-tickets printed and having issued
them with discrimination, the train on Tuesday morning bore to
Maryboorugh a full load of respectable citizens of Gympie.
On nearing Maryborough Station the train was stopped, and all
the passengers locked up until they paid their fares, the Commissioner
of Railways having, late on the Monday night wired to Mr. Daly
to collect fares according to scale. Mr Mellor was placed
in a most embrassing position, from which he extricated himself
by paying the fares of all who had travelled on the "passes"
issued by him in accordance with the wishes of the Department.
The amount we are told for which M. Mellor was "stuck"
- no other word adequately expressed the transaction - was over
bungle is one so discreditable to the perpetrators, that if the
Government attempt to justify it, they had better think twice
before they visit these parts. The Gympie people evidently
have very strong feelings on the subject. At a meeting of
the Gympie Council, held on Tuesday, the following resolution
"That in consequence of the treatment
the mayor and Council of this Borough, and through them the
whole of the public of Gympie, have received at the hands of
the Government re the excursion to Maryborough, the Council
withdraws from taking any part in the proposed Railway Demonstrations
at the opening of the Railway".
Amendment was proposed by Alderman Ball - "That
the Council proceed with the Demonstration" it found
resolution bears on its face 'childish petulance'. By withdrawing
from its own demonstration the Gympie Council commits an
act which is akin to "Cutting of the nose to spite the face",
and though the indignity, and even 'swindle' perpetrated on their
Mayor excuses such an extreme expression of opinion as is conveyed
in the withdrawal, we don't think this is the most effective way
of letting the Government know and feel in what light such aurocratic
doing and undoing is viewed by the men of Wide Bay, who are accustomed
to consider a man's telegraphed promise to be as good as his endorsed
VERSION: extracted from the Gympie
Times by the Gympie District Historical Society:- The Official
Opening was arranged to take place at Gympie, and to keep Maryborough
in the picture, a Gala Ball was held in that city a fortnight
before opening. A free excursion train was to transport
the Mayor and Aldermen and 150 other important citizens from Gympie,
and the Mayor duly issued the invitations to the ball and the
free train ride.
the Station Master at Maryborough [Edmond Daly] had not been officially
informed of the 'FREE' arrangements, and on arrival there,
the Gympieties were made to pay their fares. This gross insult
could not be allowed to go unchallenged, and history informs us
that for the next week the telegraph line between Maryborough,
Gympie and Brisbane ran hot. The up-shot being that the
Mayor of Gympie washed his hands of the whole affair and refused
to have anything more to do with the Official Opening. However,wise
counsil prevailed and he was persuaded to change his mind before
the arrival of the Great Day, Saturday 16th August 1881.
were two "Special Trains" from Maryboorugh, scheduled
to arrive at Gympie, the first carrying the general public, and
the second the Premier and other Members of Parliament, the Mayor
and Aldermen of Maryborough and other invited guests. As
the train drew slowly into the station, the portly figure of our
worthy Mayor was perched on the front of the engine.
Oddfellows Band struck up "Land Of Hope And Glory" as
the train came to a halt and the 1200 assembed Gympie people received
the visitors with a "Stony Silence". It was not
only the matter of the 'FREE' excursion that rankled, but there
was another more serious injustice under which they smarted.
Evidently, the disgruntled residents still had their appetites,
as many more than were expected turned up for the 'free feed'
and, in the words of the scribe, "They plied their forks
and knives with a vigour such as could only be displayed by people
who had long been without food".
other injustice appeared to be with the Gympie Agricultural, Mining
and Pastorial Society over the grant of lands for the show grounds.