Edward William Roadley (1904 - 1973)

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Edward William Roadley
1904 - 1973
Clunes, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne Australia
Edward William Roadley of Melbourne Australia was born in 1904 in Clunes to William George Roadley and Sarah Anne Morris Roadley. He married Maisie Smith in 1941, and died at age 69 years old in 1973 in Melbourne. Edward Roadley was buried at Melbourne General Cemetery in Carlton North, Victoria.
Updated: November 4, 2022
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Edward William Roadley's parents were William George Roadley (1877 - 1949), born in Clunes, Australia, and Sarah Ann Morris (1882 - 1936), born in Talbot, Australia. He had siblings Bridget (1905-1905), Margaret (1906-1906), Olga (1908-1908), Lawrence (1909-1909), Phyllis (born 1910), Ernest Joseph (1913-1994), George Albert (1915-1995), Daphney Priscilla (1916-1976), Charles (1917-1917) and William Roadley (1919 - 1919).

Edward married Maisie Smith in 1941 in the state of Victoria, Australia, and they had a son and a daughter.

His headstone says: "In loving memory of Edward William ROADLEY loved husband, father and grandfather age 69 years."
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He was born in Australia, as were both of his parents. Born and raised in Clunes, Edward moved to Richmond in 1972, where he lived until he died.


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Edward married Maisie Smith and had two children: a son and a daughter.

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Edward Roadley passed away at age 69 years old in 1973 in Melbourne, and was buried at Melbourne General Cemetery in Carlton North, Victoria. Edward William Roadley of Melbourne Australia was born in 1904 in Clunes to William George Roadley and Sarah Anne Morris Roadley. Edward Roadley married Maisie Smith in 1941.

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Edward William Roadley lived 9 years longer than the average Roadley family member when he died at the age of 69.
The average age of a Roadley family member is 60.

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In 1904, in the year that Edward William Roadley was born, the "Teddy's Bear" was first produced. After seeing a political cartoon of President Teddy Roosevelt refusing to kill a clubbed and tied up bear, Jewish Russian immigrant Morris Michtom - who owned a candy shop and sold stuffed animals that he and his wife made at night at the store - made a "Teddy's Bear" and put it in his shop's window. The stuffed bears were an immediate success and Michtom and his wife went on to found the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.

In 1911, by the time he was merely 7 years old, the United States Supreme Court broke up Standard Oil in May. John D. Rockefeller established Standard Oil in 1870 and it was the largest oil refinery at the time. The Supreme Court found that Standard Oil of New Jersey (one of the many iterations of Standard Oil) was guilty of "monopolizing the petroleum industry through a series of abusive and anticompetitive actions". The Court broke up the several entities that comprised Standard Oil and they eventually became competing firms.

In 1959, Edward was 55 years old when on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

In 1962, Edward was 58 years old when on October 1st, African-American James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registered at the University of Mississippi - becoming the first African-American student admitted to the segregated college. He had been inspired by President Kennedy's inaugural address to apply for admission.

In 1973, in the year of Edward William Roadley's passing, on August 15th, amidst rising calls for the impeachment of President Richard Nixon, Congress imposed an end to the bombing of Cambodia.

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