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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Mr. J. Cole Edwards

page 728

Mr. J. Cole Edwards, a Director of the Cyclopedia Company, has had a fair experience in literary work for the press, a branch of the business in which he takes especial intertst. Though the advocacy of reforms—political, social, and commercial—is his particular hobby-horse, his literary labours in connection with this work are by no means uncongenial. A notice of Mr. Edwards' career appears among the ex-councillors of Wellington, on page 301 of this volume; and to that but little need be added. He is well-known in the City, and by no means a stranger in any part of the Colony. In the American Order of Oddfellows, he holds the rank of Past Grand of the Southern Cross Lodge, No. 24. Many years ago he was a member of the Grand Lodge of Good Templars, having occupied all the principal offices of the subordinate lodge. As a member of the Wellington Chess Club, Mr. Edwards has on three occasions played for his Club, at the fifteenth, fourteenth, and thirteenth boards—twice against the Wellington Working Men's Club Chess Club, and once against the Christchurch Chess Club (by telegraph). Twice in his own club he played with the non-smokers against the smokers. On every occasion it was his good fortune to win. In the junior handicap tournament of 1891, he carried off first prize, winning every one of the thirteen or fourteen games—the handicappers having evidently undervalued his playing strength. Mr. Edwards has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce for about twelve years, and is a member of the Industrial Association, and of the Executive Committee of the Citizen's Institute. As managing director of Messrs. Edwards, Russell and Co., Limited, one of the firms engaged upon this work, a few further particulars of Mr. Edwards' career are given.