Historical information

Edward Blatchford Wright was born in 1894 in Birmingham, son of Edward Wright and Florence Emuss. It is not known when he migrated to Australia but he served in the AIF during WW1, seeing action in France. On enlistment aged 20 years 9 months, he gave his occupation as farmer. He married Gertrude Matilda Wain in 1919. He came to Surrey Hills c1924. He was a grocer in the area for several decades with shops in Canterbury Road. In 1942 he is listed at 235 Union Road. This was a residential address.
Alan Holt's Surrey Hills property register places him at 365 Canterbury Road (c1920-1930) and 359 Canterbury Road (c1930-1940). He died in 1972 in Mont Albert. His last electoral roll entry in 1968 gives 18 Serpentine Street, Mont Albert. He and his wife are buried in Burwood Cemetery.

Physical description

Black and white photo of the exterior of Edward Blanchford Wright's grocery shop in Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills. The screen door is open and William Reynolds stands in the opening, dressed in a long white coat. The window displays are stacked high with cans and packages and large signs advertising the prices of goods. There is advertising on the windows for Marmite, Glen Valley tea, Preservene soap and Brockoff's biscuits.