This photo was thought to have been taken in Tasmania, but it is very much Victorian. There isn’t a great deal of information about the business itself. E. R. Warne & Sons, Undertakers, operated in that name from 185x to 1900. The business was in son Walter A. Warne’s name from 1900. It was located at Barkly Street, Footscray, from its beginning, but also opened in Yarraville and some funeral notices mention Newport. Edwin Richard Warne was born in London in 1828. He married Mary Susannah Nash in 1849, before making the journey to Australia (Arriving in May 1853 on the Prince Arthur). He was a carpenter, an undertaker and former Councilor and Mayor (1878) of Footscray. He died on June 20, 1907. The photo of the business is part of the John Etkins Collection at the State Library of Victoria. If you would like the full sized image, Click Here (Tif, 5559 x 3968, 63.1m). That coach is a beauty.
Marriages Jun 1849 (FreeBMD)
WARNE Edwin Richard St. Geo. Han Sq 1 16
Nash Mary Susannah St Geo. Han Sq 1 16
Arrival: (Public Records Office Victoria) No children listed.
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1899,05745,,Warne,Mary Susannah,Nash William,Wakelan Ann,Footscray,68,1907,04660,,Warne,Edwin Richard,Warne Richard,West Mary Ann,Footscray,78,Acknowledgement: Trove (National Library of Australia).