Major-General Sir Edward Wolstenholme Ward was born on 17 August 1823 in Calcutta, India, son of Hon. John Petty Ward and Eleanor Erskine.  He was educated at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1841. He also studied engineering and architecture, was a student at the Royal School of Mines, London, and worked at the Royal Mint. He married Anne Sophia Campbell, daughter of Hon. Robert Campbell, on 21 November 1857.

Ward was sent to the Australian colonies in the early 1850s to take up the office of Deputy-Master of the Royal Mint, Sydney, an office he held until 1867. From 1869 until 1876 he held the office of Deputy-Master of the Royal Mint, Melbourne. While Deputy Master of the Sydney Mint, he played cricket for New South Wales as a bowler, taking 27 wickets in four matches at an average of 7.66 runs.

Keen to serve the government, he held the office of Member of the Legislative Council (New South Wales) between 1860 and 1865. He gained the rank of Major-General in the service of the Royal Engineers, and was invested as a Knight Commander, Order of St. Michael and St George (K.C.M.G.). His other public activities included serving as an elective trustee of the Australian Museum.

Ward died in France on 5 February 1890.

References:
The Peerage web site http://www.thepeerage.com/p7788.htm, accessed 19 Jan 2006
Australian Dictionary of Biography

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