Also writes as: Dion
Born: Established: 30 Dec 1822 Hobart ; Died: 1898 Parramatta
Edward Kemp was the first native born Tasmanian to have a book of verse published, so it is important to get his details correct. Firstly, his birth details on AustLit are probably correct and agree with the Tas Colonial Links datasbase. There is, however, a big discrepancy between these details and those given by Miller (I:217) who says that "He was born, probably at Port Dalrymple, between the years 1806 and 1810". So, if we are sure of our facts, should there be a note about the Miller statement?[Done]
The other matter is that we have no death date. Miller states that his father was Anthony Fenn Kemp and that Edward was educated at King's school Parramatta. Now, on NSW BDM there is an Edward Kemp who died in Parramatta in 1898 and his father was Anthony F Kemp, mother Elizabeth (which is also correct) - maybe just a coincidence, but in view of this author's important place among Tas writers, would it be worthwhile purchasing the death certificate? Not yet - John Arnold, who believes the 1898 death date is correct, will follow it up with Tony Marshall at SLT. TGO'N 17/6/05Later: SLT confirms birth details, has no info re death. However, after discusssion with JA, KK and CH agreed that it is very likely he died in 1898.