Edward RIDDIFORD 
- Born: 7 Aug 1842, Hutt Valley NZ
- Marriage (1): Eleanor Caroline BUNNY  on 3 Oct 1878 in St James Lower Hutt Wellington NZ
- Died: 2 May 1911, NZ aged 68
DEATH OF A WELL KNOWN SETTLER.
MR. E. J. RIDDIFORD. A well-known settler passed away at his residence at Longburn yesterday, in the person of Mr. E, J. Riddiford, J.P., who has for some time past been suffering from heart trouble. Deceased was the oldest son of the late Mr. Daniel Riddiford, who came out to Wellington in the ship Adelaide in 1839. He was born at Lower Hutt in 1842, was the first child baptised in New Zealand by Bishop Selwyn, and was educated primarily in Wellington and secondarily at Morrison's Scotch College, Melbourne, On leaving school he became manager of his father's property at Te Awaite, and at his death also owned large estates at Lower Hutt, Featherston, and in the Manawatu districts. He was at one time a member of the Wairarapa County Council, took a great interest in the first River Board constituted in the present Hutt district in 1899, and of which he was a. member, and in the early days served as a lieutenant under Colonel Gorton. He was also for years connected with the late Wellington Agricultural and Pastoral Association, of which he was at one time vice-president. In 1879 he married the third daughter of the late Mr. Henry Bunny, who was member for the Wairarapa and Provincial Secretary for the Wellington, Province. He leaves a family of three daughters; Mrs (Captain) Lindsay, and Misses Phyllis and Ngaire Riddiford; and three sons; Messrs. Vivian, Daniel and Eric Riddiford. Another son, Mr. Lionel Edward Riddiford, died recently in Australia. The late Mr. Riddiford was a man of remarkable physical strength combined with business capacity, and as a first class judge of land and stock he had earned a Dominion reputation. He began work in the early days of New Zealand, when the life of a settler was one long round of hardship, and called for strength and courage and ability to an extent which is now scarcely realised.
Ref: Evening Post, Volume LXXXI, Issue 103, 3 May 1911
THE RIDDIFORD ESTATE
A LARGE FREEHOLD. (United Press Association.) WELLINGTON. Monday. The estate of the late Mr E. J. Riddiford has been valued for probate at £300,000. The large landed interest of the deceased is covered by a deed of partnership with the sons, executed in 1907. Under this deed stamp duty amounting to £12.238 was paid. Deceased's interest reverts to the surviving partners, and the three sons, Messrs Edward, David, and Eric Riddiford, now control the 92,420 acres under the partnership deed, and of this 69,954 are freehold.
Ref: Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XLVI, Issue 0, 19 June 1911
Edward married Eleanor Caroline BUNNY  [MRIN: 9110], daughter of Henry Arthur BUNNY  and Catherine BAKER , on 3 Oct 1878 in St James Lower Hutt Wellington NZ. (Eleanor Caroline BUNNY  was born on 14 Nov 1860 in Nelson N.Z. and died in 1938 in NZ.)