Fuller, Edward (1836-1895)


Edward was baptised on 1 May 1836 at Great Abington, Cambridgeshire. His parents were James Fuller, who worked the land, and Frances Scotcher.

Edward arrived in Brisbane on 3 January 1865. He had been an NCO in the 60th Royal Rifles throughout the campaigns in South Africa, India, and China.

The 1872 PM Magazine article states; “From six to seven years ago Mr. Fuller arrived in Queensland, at which time he united himself as a member with the Primitive Methodist Church, Adelaide Street, Brisbane. On his removal to Ipswich, he was transferred to.the Ipswich Church, in connection with which he laboured in the several offices of Sabbath School teacher, prayer leader, exhorter, chapel steward, trustee, class leader, and local preacher, in all of which he was made useful and found faithful.” 

He rejected the regular ministry to enter upon a Bush Missions Enterprise in Queensland. After some years he rejected a call to mission at Fernando Po, West Africa, to continue his mission to the aboriginal people of Queensland. He became an itinerant minister recorded on the stations in 1875.

He married to Mary Winstone (abt1842-1918) on 13 June 1871 in Queensland.

Edward died on 15 July 1895 at Ipswich, Queensland.


  • 1875 Maryborough, Australia
  • 1878 Ipswich
  • 1881 Special Evangelist
  • 1882 Bush Missionary
  • 1886 disappears


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1872/183; 1872/249; 1873/53

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Transcriptions of the articles in the 1872 magazine and letter in the 1873 magazine are attached. Readers should be aware that the articles and letter are “of their time”, and read in the context of modern culture may cause offence.


Transcription of articles published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 1872 describing his work as a lay missionary to the native Australians.
Transcription of a letter published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 1873.

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