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E. K. Silvester E. K. Silvester i(A122926 works by) (a.k.a. Edward K. Silvester; Edward Kennedy Silvester; E.K. Sylvester; Edward K. Sylvester; Edward Kennedy Sylvester)
Also writes as: A. K. Silvester ; E. K. S. ; 'Alcastor'
Born: Established: 27 May 1817 Birmingham, West Midlands,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
; Died: Ceased: 10 Dec 1863 Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
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Edward Kennedy Silvester was a 19th century Sydney journalist. He initially worked on the Dispatch and the Australian, then in ca. 1845 moved to the Sydney Morning Herald, where he remained until ca. 1862, when he moved to the Empire. He became well known as a Sydney parliamentary reporter and edited volumes containing political speeches and also works on New South Wales industries. He appears to have been an admirer of the conservaitve politician William Charles Wentworth (q.v.). In his younger years he contributed poetry to the Sydney press, and some of his works might have appeared under the initials 'E. K. S.'

His obituary in the Sydney Morning Herald described him as follows: 'Mr. Silvester was a man of hasty temper and conscientious prejudice...a man whose undoubted talents, rectitude, and principle, would have earned him a high place in society if they had been tempered with more prudence - more consideration for the ordinary affairs of life. Those who knew him but slightly, disliked him, but, like many other men of letters, he improved greatly upon acquaintance'.

Most Referenced Works


  • Note that the contemporary sources spell this agent's surname as both 'Silvester' and 'Sylvester'. The family form was 'Silvester'.

  • Note that Silvester's obituary in the Sydney Morning Herald confirms that he was the author of 'Thy Greeting Home Again : A Paean on Leichhardt's Return from Port Essington'. This work had originally been published with the author indicated as 'A.K. Silvester'.
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