The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]
Mr. Edwin Blake
Mr. Edwin Blake, who sat in the House of Representatives for the Avon constituency during 1887–93, was born in 1830 in Hampstead, England, and educated in Winbourn, Dorset. He was brought up as a civil engineer, and was afterwards employed on British railways for some years. Mr. Blake arrived in Port Chalmers in 1861. Two years later he settled in Canterbury, and was employed on the West Coast Road, then being constructed by the Provincial Government. After the completion of the section from Arthur's Pass to Hokitika, Mr. Blake settled in Westland for some years. Returning to Canterbury in 1882, he became engaged in sheepfarming and agriculture. Mr. Blake was at one time a member of the Avon Road Board, and held office as chairman for six or seven years.