from West Australian
The death occurred at Wilberforce, on January 14, of Mr. Edward Hamersley, who was one of the early pioneers of this state. The deceased gentleman was 84 years of age. He was a member of an ancient English family, who in the fifties, came to Western Australia and settled at Pyrton. Guildford, Wilberforce, where the late Mr. Hamersley settled as a young man, was purchased from the Clarkson family, and there Mr. Hamersley made his home. He was a man of scholarly attainments. He was an accomplished musician, as well as composer, had a thorough knowledge of astronomy and was a gifted linguist. Mrs. Hamersley pre-deceased her husband some seven years ago, and was buried at the East Perth Cemetery. The late Mr. Hamersley was a member of the Legislative Council under the old-nominee system and also after the Colony was granted responsible government. He, however, retired from public life over a quarter of a century ago. The funeral took place at Northam on Sunday afternoon there being a large attendance at the graveside. The chief mourners were Messrs Edward, C. W., P. H, Andrew E., S. A., B. S.J., and F. A. Hamersley (sons), H. M. Dunlop (son-in-law), John Dunlop (grandson), Vernon Hamersley, Forrest Hamersley, several of the members of the other branches of the Hamersley family, and the Dempster and Gull families (nephews). The pallbearers were Messrs. J. Foulkes Taylor, W. G. Burgess, A .G. Loton, F. W. Roe, N. Kidson and E. W. Cotton.
'Hamersley, Edward (1835–1921)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/hamersley-edward-13739/text24543, accessed 26 May 2013.