Bert Edwards was born in obscurity in 1888, reputedly the illegitimate son of a famous figure. He grew up in the slums of the west end of Adelaide and eventually became the ‘King’, with connections and influence everywhere. He was a city councillor, parliamentarian and philanthropist, but was imprisoned because of a sexual scandal. Patricia Sumerling will present his colourful life, which she extensively researched for her book, Bert Edwards: King of the West End, published by Wakefield Press (2019), for which the Historical Society of SA awarded her the 2020 Keain Medal. Bookings essential.
Presented by Marion Historical Society