John Logan

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John Logan was a Monaro pastoralist, entrepreneur and tireless activist against governmental neglect of this area (a neglect many would argue continues to this day).


John Ronaldson Logan was born at Wellwood Lodge, Brunswick Links in Edinburgh in 1867. He was 2 years old when his family emigrated to Australia where they lived briefly in Geelong before settling in the western district of Victoria where John Logan Snr. purchased 'Mount Elephant",a property near Daranalum.


Johns father died when he was 16 and two years later his mother along with other members of the family returned to Scotland where John enrolled in Edinburgh Veterinary College.


He returned to Ausralia and settled near Bombala on Aston Station. He imported deer from Scotland and eventually purchased two other properties.


He married a Mary Eddie, a local Bombala girl in1901. Three daughters followed; Jean, Mary and Margaret.

In 1910 Logan began the construction of Edrom Lodge near Eden and three years later the family moved in.  John quickly became involved in the local community, forming the Eden Rifle Club in 1914.


A year later in 1915 John, along with other rifle club members enlisted in the Re-mount Brigade which served in Egypt where Logan was highly regarded for his management and treatment of horses, receiving an official commendation.  When his Brigade was disbanded he returned to Edrom but stayed active in war-time work.


During the early 1920's angered by the neglect of the South Coast he was a founding member of the Twofold Bay Development League whose offices were in Imlay Street. Logan was elected president of the League, a position he held until his death. Politicians were bought to to Eden to show them it's potential and in 1926 the organization published the 'Southern Eastern Gate' to promote the district, sending copies to influential people all around Australia. Branches of the Development were set up in many towns and villages.  The Eden offices of the League were used by the district nurse for some time and later were used to house the bones of Old Tom until the  Killer Whale Museum was built.


Logan began an electricity project for Eden.  He set up his own plant in Imlay Street, next to the League office, lighting the streets, hotels and public halls until the Imlay Shire Council took responsibility for a complete service to the area.  Logan then engaged surveyor Richard Hales to survey the Towamba River for a dam site to supply cheap electricity. It was John Logan and the South Coast Development League in the early 1920s which first drew attention to the potential to generate hydro electricity in the Snowy Mountains.


In 1925 Logan called a public meeting in the Development League rooms to form the Eden Golf Club.   Logan bought a professional golfer to Eden to lay out Eden's first golf Links on Lookout Point  but due to housing development the course was moved to it's present location.  In recognition of his efforts Logan was made a life member and patron of the club.


John Logan also had Eden's Log Cabin constructed in 1936 which he then donated to the Girl Guides, where his daughter Margaret was First Lieutenant.  After John Logan's death his widow bought the Log Cabin from the Girl Guides Association and made it her home until shortly before her death in 1963.


Logan is probably best remembered in Eden for his home, Edrom Lodge, and for initiating the establishment of the Eden Whale Museum.  Less happily and to his own dismay he was also implicated in the death of  Old Tom, the last of Eden's famous killer whales.


John Logan died from a heart attack on 14 August 1937 and in accordance with his wishes was buried at sea. On the evening of the 20th his coffin was bought to Eden and in the presence of an assemblage of returned soldiers was put aboard the S.S. Cobargo. The Returned Soldiers draped the casket with their Union Jack, and upon that was placed Mr. Logans military cap and a beautiful floral trefoil from the Eden Girl Guides.  The 'Cobargo', under the command of Cpt. O'Connor, left harbour before dawn and steamed due east to about twenty miles from Eden. The burial service was read and the body committed to the deep. Although the weather was inclement many of Eden's citizens turned out on the wharf, all remaining at attention during the last stages of the local ceremony.



Edrom Lodge 100 Years 1912-2012 by H. F.. Wembridge

Eden's Golfing History compiled by Daphne Lister

available for viewing in the local history section of the Eden Library or for purchase from the Eden Killer Whale Museum

"ROUND ABOUT." The Southern Record and Advertiser (Candelo, NSW : 1910 - 1938) 3 Sep 1937: 8. Web. 10 Jun 2014