Edward Gardiner Kerkin was born 1883 in Harrington, New South Wales, Australia to James Martin Kerkin (1850-1918) and Mary Horn (c1861-1947) and died 2 May 1935 of a heart seizure. He married Grace Beatrice Mobbs (1884-1958) 1909 in Glebe, New South Wales, Australia. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom, Australia.

Death and Burial



While the coastal steamer Coombar, bound from Portland to Melbourne, was passing Cape Otway on Thursday night, the second engineer Edward Kerkin, 52, of Drummoyne, Sydney died of a heart seizure.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-), Saturday 4 May 1935, page 10.


GRAFTON, Monday.

The ashes of Edward Kerkin, 52, late second engineer of the steamer Coombar, were scattered on the ocean as the vessel passed Harrington, his birthplace, at the mouth the Manning River, on Thursday night. The crew gathered on deck for the ceremony.

On May 2, Kerkin died suddenly while the Coombar was on a voyage between Melbourne and Portland. His body was cremated in Melbourne and brought to Sydney. At the wish of his brother, the ashes were buried at sea.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-), Tuesday 9 July 1935, page 12.


Offspring of Edward Gardiner Kerkin and Grace Beatrice Mobbs (1884-1958)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Edward James Kerkin (1914-1978)
Thora Jessie Kerkin (1910-1983)
Marcia Anne Kerkin (1917-1965)

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¶ Death
  • KERKIN.—May 2, 1935, at sea (suddenly), Ted, beloved eldest son of Mary Kerkin of Drummoyne, and brother of Mabel, Jim, Dot, Gladys, Olive, and Jean.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-), Wednesday 8 May 1935, page 12.