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Edmund John Baily Playfair
Edmund John Baily Playfair
Picture; Freeman, Mitchell Library

Edith Miriam Creer
Picture: Freeman, Mitchell Library

Edmund John Baily Playfair

Edmund was born in Sydney NSW on Aug 22 1863. He was educated at Fort Street School and attended the Garrison Church in the Rocks.

Edmund inherited the Family Meat Company after his father’s death in 1893. During Edmund’s leadership, the first cold storage facility was installed at 103 George Street; however it was soon found that the site was not large enough for the growing providoring and export business so a move was made a little south to 166-168 George Street in 1905. This, too, proved inadequate and a wholesale department was set up at the Glebe Island Abattoirs only a year or so before it was closed down and the killing operations moved to Homebush.

By 1914 plans were being drawn up to move Playfairs to the corner of Argyle and Harrington Streets in the Rocks but the First World War slowed progress, however it was ready for occupation by the war’s end in 1918. Thomas Playfair became a proprietary company in 1924.


Edmund was a Councillor of the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) from 1899 until 1904 – the archives of that Society record him as Edward Playfair. Like his half-brother Alfred Donald, Edmund’s great hobby was harness horses of which he was a noted judge at the Sydney RAS Shows.


His first recorded residential address was shown as ‘1 off Argyle Place, Sydney’ in 1889 and then in 1893 it was 10 Rosebank Street which backed onto his father’s home, ‘Chelmsford’ in the area now known as Kings Cross. The next address was ‘Verona’ at Potts Point Sydney c.1898. and finally a move to ‘Kioto’ at Waverley c.1903. This property consisted of some fifteen to twenty acres but was subdivided after Edmund’s death. Records with the  Woollahra Council show that Edmund also owned three properties in Victoria Street, Camp Cove, Watsons Bay from 1917 to 1919.

Edmund died at Waverley NSW, Oct 6 1926, and is buried at South Head Cemetery.


Edmund married Edith Miriam CREER, known as Mimmie, in Sydney on Dec 8 1887. Mim was the daughter of Joseph Creer, who had moved to Sydney in charge of the Pilot Service on Sydney Harbour where he resided at Watsons Bay NSW until his death on Jun 9 1909.


Edmund and Mim resided at their family home ‘Kioto’ until after Edmund’s death in 1926. Mim's later addresses were listed in the Sydney telephone directory at "Kioto" until 1927; from 1928 to 1930 it was "Kamilaroi", Darling Point; from 1931 to 1936, "Stornaway" 43 Wunulla Road, Point Piper; 1937 to 1940 "Cheyenne" 24 Mona Road Darling Point and lastly 1941 and 1942 at 65 Darling Point Road, Darling Point. Mim died in Sydney NSW on Oct 15 1942, and was buried at South Head Cemetery.


They had 5 children


1. Niedham (Neida) Jessie Ferrers PLAYFAIR

|     born 26 Sep 1888 Sydney, died 25 Wahroonga, NSW

|     brd. 27 Jun 1969, South Head Cem., C/E, Sydney, NSW

|    & Norman Keith ROBERTSON

|     born 29 Dec 1885, Narranderra, NSW died 2 Jan 1931, Sydney, NSW

|     brd. 1 Jan 1931, South Head Cemetery, Sydney, NSW

|     m. 22 Nov 1913, St Marys Church, Waverley, NSW

Thomas Alfred John (Jack) PLAYFAIR BRIG., DSO., OBE.

|     born 13 Oct 1890, Sydney, NSW died 9 Aug 1966, Sydney

|     brd. Cremated Nthn Sub Crem., Sydney, NSW

|    & Madge Louise HARDY

|     born 11 Sep 1891, Sydney, NSW died 6 Sep 1983, Sydney

|     brd. East. Sub. Crem., Sydney, NSW

|     m. 29 Aug 1918, St Margaret's, Westminster, England

Edmund Strathmore Creer PLAYFAIR

|     born 30 Oct 1894, Sydney, NSW died 22 Jul 1965, Sydney

|     brd. Nthn Sub Crem, Ashes RAS Showground, Sydney, NSW

|    & Kathleen Ryrie (Babs) CAMPBELL

|     born 9 Jun 1899, Coonamble, NSW died died 21 Jun 1989, Sydney

|     brd.  Sydney, NSW

|     m. 14 Apr 1920, Sydney, NSW

Lyon Jack Beresford (Buster) PLAYFAIR

|     born 1 May 1904,  Sydney, NSW died  Georgia, USA

|     brd. Crem Atlanta, Ashes Nth Sub Crem., Sydney, NSW

|    & Alice NORTON

|     born 21 Sep 1906 Homebush, NSW died 11 May 1978, Sydney, NSW

|     brd. Nthn Sub Crem., Sydney, NSW

|    m. 9 Apr 1927, Darling Point, Sydney, NSW


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