Edward was a farmers servant, aged 39 years when he emigrated to Australia, arriving in Sydney aboard the ship "Strathfieldsaye". The shipping records show that Edward could read and was born in Storrington West Sussex, born of a previous marriage, father James Ruddock Cowdrey.
Noted events in his life were:
• Education: Could read, 1839.
• Occupation: Farmers servant, 1839.
• Religion: Protestant, 1839.
• Immigration: "Strathfieldsaye" age 38 (Source: Bounty Immigration NSW 1828-42), 25 Jul 1839.
Edward married Nancy BUSHELL on 18 Oct 1825 in Brighton, Sussex, England. (Nancy BUSHELL was born on 17 Jul 1805 in Angmering, Sussex, England, died in 1859 and was buried in Bell River, Wellington, , New South Wales, Australia.)
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