Born: 21 July 1812 in Walton on Thames, Surrey, England
Edward Giles married Elizabeth Anna Hole in 1834 and then migrated to Australia along with Edward's brother George in 1839. After Elizabeth's death in 1861, Edward returned to the United Kingdom and then spent approximately four years in Canada. From Canada, Edward returned home to the United Kingdom where he met his second wife, Matilda. Edward migrated once again to Australia with his second wife where he worked as a surveyor with Johann Menge and explored parts of South Australia.
The South Australian Museum Archives contains Edward Giles' reminiscences from 30 years of observation while living in Australia. The manuscript was donated by Pam Giles, a descendant of Edward Giles.