Are you a Festing descendant?

We are looking to find any descendant or other relative of Edgar Festing (1872 - 1957).

Edgar, who grew up in Hastings, emigrated to Australia in 1910.

Before he left he wrote a wonderful collection of stories and anecdotes in a notebook, recalling his childhood in and around Hastings.

We believe that the stories are so interesting that they should be made available in a book for all to share.

However, before we publish through History House, we want to talk to any family member who may be willing and able to enhance his stories.

If you can help us or think you know anybody who might be able to assist please contact us on

Paul Draper

Battery Hill


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