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Stephen, Edward Milner (1834–1894)

from Australian Town and Country Journal

Mr. Edward Milner Stephen, the Official Assignee, died at his residence, Tarpeian House, Potts's Point, on February 14, from Bright's disease. For some time past Mr. Stephen had not enjoyed good health, and a short time ago took a trip to New Zealand. He returned to Sydney much improved, but the change was not lasting and he had been unable to attend to his ordinary duties for some weeks. The deceased gentleman was the fourth son of Sir Alfred Stephen, and received his early education at the old Sydney Grammar School and at Mr. W. T. Cape's academy. He commenced his business career as secretary to the A.S.U. Company, but subsequently entered the counting house of Messrs. R. Towns and Company. Soon after the elevation of the late Sir James Martin to the Chief Justiceship, he appointed Mr. Stephen to the position of official assignee, the duties of which post he has discharged ever since. Mr. Stephen married about the year 1868, Florence Mansel, youngest daughter of the late Rev. John Jennings Smith, M.A. (first incumbent of St. Paul's Church of England, Paterson), and sister to the late Mr. E. O. Smith. Mrs. Stephen died about 15 years ago, leaving four sons and two daughters. One of the sons, Mr. John Milner Stephen, died while on a visit to Colombo in the year 1890. Another son, Mr. Edward Milner Stephen, occupies the position of associate to Mr. Justice Stephen. The late Mr. E. M. Stephen always took a deep interest in philanthropic and church work, and was an active member of the Church of England.

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'Stephen, Edward Milner (1834–1894)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/stephen-edward-milner-1298/text36306, accessed 23 March 2019.

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