Edward Gilks ( 1822 - 1897)

Gilks was an engraver, artist, draughtsman and lithographer. Born in London son of Thomas Gilks, a West India Dock official, and his wife Sarah Creasey. Apprenticed as a lithographer to Thomas Dean 7 Jun 1836 (£20). In partnership in London as “T. &. E. Gilks” 1844-1851, with his elder brother Thomas Gilks (1813-1877), author of “The art of wood engraving” (1867). Free 5 Jun 1849. This partnership was declared bankrupt and formally dissolved 18 Dec 1851.
In 1852 he emigrated to Australia, arriving on the Alipore 19 Jan 1853. He advertised himself as a “Plan and architectural draughtsman and lithographer … Estate and survey plans, views of buildings, &c., drawn and printed with neatness and despatch”. Winning a prize medal for lithography at the 1854 Melbourne Exhibition. In April 1855, he became a lithographic draughtsman in the Department of Crown Lands, resigning to set up his own business once more in April 1858. He soon became insolvent, but applied for his discharge in June 1859. He applied to exhibit a “screen with fragmentary illustrations of the processes of engraving, lithography, printing, and photographic art in Victoria” at the Victoria Exhibition in 1861 (The Herald, 23 Jul 1861). He became insolvent once more in 1862, listing as “Causes of insolvency: Loss on a contract, and unprofitable employment, inability to repay borrowed money, and pressure of creditors. Liabilities, £226 14s 10d; assets, £15; deficiency, £211 14s 10d” (Mount Alexander Mail, 28 Oct 1862). His estate was sequestered. He became insolvent again in 1869. Gilks and his wife subsequently returned to England, where she died 27 Aug 1890 and he 22 Jun 1897, both at Wandsworth.
Crown Court, Threadneedle Street, London — 1844-1846
4 Fenchurch Buildings, Strand, London — 1846-1851
170 Fleet Street, London — 1851
93 Flinders Lane East, Melbourne — 1853
66 Hanover Street, Collingwood — 1856
84 Little Collins Street West, Melbourne — 1858
Swanston Street, Melbourne — 1860
Douglas Parade, Williamstown — 1862
West Bank Terrace, Richmond — 1865-1870
Bulleen Road, Kew — 1870
Cotham Road, Kew — 1871
Hull Street, Richmond — 1873-1874
Clifton Street, Richmond — 1876
1 Park Hill Terrace, Hoddle Street, East Melbourne — 1878
3 Wellington Terrace, East Melbourne — 1881-1884
42 Cologne Road, Battersea, London — 1890
19 Salcott Road, Wandsworth Common, London — 1897

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