Edith Rickards was the youngest daughter of John Rickards (jnr) and Mary Hegarty. Edith was born in Sydney on the 23 May 1852.
The Sydney Morning Herald Thursday 27 May 1852
At her residence, Pitt-street, on the 23rd, Mrs. Rickards, of a daughter.
She moved to Melbourne with the family about 1857. In 1882, she married Edward Stace Symonds who was the Under Treasurer of Victoria at the time.
The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil Sat 11 Mar 1882
SYMONDS— RICKARDS.— On the 16th ult , at St. Luke’s Church, Emerald-hill, by the Rev. R. B. Dickinson, M.A., Edward Stace Symonds, Under Treasurer, to Edith; daughter of the late John Rickards, Sydney, NSW.
Edward was aged 62 and Edith was only 30 when they married. She was his third wife and there were no children from the marriage. Interestingly, one of the witnesses at Edward’s marriage to his first wife, Emily Wilson, in 1838 in Sydney was Francis Richard Paulovich. Frank was a first cousin to Edith’s father, John Rickards. Edward died on the 16 December 1899 in Victoria and Edith survived him for another 14 years dying at the age of 62 on the 3 June, 1914.
The Argus Thurs 4 Jun 1914
SYMONDS. -On the 3rd June, 1914, at Tutelo, Glenferrie Rd, Kew, Edith, relict of the late Edward Stace Symonds, CMG, formerly Under Treasurer, Victoria, aged 62 years.