I met Edgar while researching my O'Malley family - A wonderful man, so much knowledge, so much generosity. He encouraged me in my work and I was pleased to be able to help him. Always considered him a friend as well as a colleague - I proudly display a Certificate he gave me as one dedicated to telling the true history of Australia. Megan - our thoughts go out to you and your family, hope you are still making that wonderful strawberry jam. We have all lost a giant of a man Farewell my friend, Beryl M Pittman
I rang a friend to tell her That Edgar had passed away and she reminded me of when he would drive past our shops in Fairfield in his Lifesaver van with his name Edgar F. Penzig on the side. He would deliberately backfire that truck and scare the daylights out of me, I always made sure he wasn't around when I had to clean the shop window, but there he was the minute I was up the ladder, "Bang", and the big grin on his face and a few minutes later he would be in the shop laughing. I reminded him of this when I went and saw him and Megan in Oatlands in October last year. What wonderful memories Edgar has left for all of us. I'll miss that beaut extroidanary voice. Goodbye Mr. Penzig..
i met Edgar and Megan in 1992 but really got to know them when Megan came to work with us at the Elm Tree Tearoom. We struck up a wonderful friendship with many coffees, dinners and celebrations. Edgar was always a larger than life and myself, my husband John and my children always enjoyed our talks with Edgar as he was so passionate about Australia and loved to tell a story. Never ever did you dare call a track a trail or a chook a chicken around Edgar. There is only one thing that Edgar was more passionate about and that was his "wombat" Megan. I will miss being called his little salami and being told that the trains always ran on time when Mussollini was in power and the way he would shake my hand and kiss my husband goodbye. Megan you and Edgar have always been in our thoughts and you both have a special place in our hearts. Love you both Goodbye cobber Corinna, John and family
Betti Blatman When I lived in Melbourne I was involved with New Theatre and whilst attending a conference at New Theatre in Sydney, I met Edgar and our friendship was instant. Despite leaving Australia to live in New York and then London, we corresponded regularly but lost touch for a while until a few years ago after Edgar and Megan had moved to Tasmania, they tried to track me down from Melbourne's telephone books and eventually wrote to me at the last known address in London and we were reunited again, after which followed lengthy phone calls and letters plus emails from Megan (as Edgar wasn't into computers!), all of which reinforced my existing love and affection for a friend whom I had the privilege to know for more than 40 years! My only regret is that I didn't visit Edgar and Megan last year. Betti Blatman London
Edgar Penzig was the father of Gail Penzig who was closely linked to my father George Fielding (deceased). The story of a life saved many years ago still remains an event to be remembered and cherished and my father was always humbled by the gratitude of the Penzig family. Warm memories will always remain of the Penzig family by the Fielding family. Thankyou for being a part of our story. Our thoughts are with your family at this sad time. May Edgar be resting well now. From Deborah Fielding & families.
I met Edgar when he was riding an MV agusta motorcycle and he would call to see my father, as a kid he was a larger than life character and I used to enjoy his re enactments greatly. Many good times were spent listening to Edgar speak either publicly or privately at a dinner. I was fortunate enough to see him briefly last year in Penrith, as usual his greeting was warm and loud “Gidday Cobber”, never quite sure if it was cause he couldn’t remember my name or he loved using “cobber” LOL I didn’t care, I loved him saying it . To Megan and his family our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Edgar was a defining person and somebody that helped shape others. You can be very proud of him. Goodbye “Cobber”
We have only known Edgar since he and Megan moved to Oatlands, but what a pleasure it has been. We agreed on many things, and enjoyed the privilege of tapping his knowledge of history (so mercifully free from both the armband and the airbrush of fashionable thought), but these were really bonuses. His charm alone was enough to ensure that we will remember him forever. Our warmest thoughts are with Megan and family. Farewell, Edgar - auf wiedersehen. From Mark, Kim, Millie, and George
Edgar and Megan came into the Credit Union office where I was working and they were so delightful many years ago. Edgar became a firm favourite with everyone with his wonderful speaking voice and his sense of humour. He was very well known around the Blue Mountains and always had time for people. He used to bring me in Lindt chocolate and show me his newest collection.... Megan always at his side. When I got married and we went to Tasmania for our honeymoon, Edgar and Megan had only been there a short while and we arranged to catch up for lunch..... what a truly lovely day we had with them !..... one of our fondest memories of Tassie. We will miss Edgar very much and our hearts and love go to Megan and the family......... I bet there is a lot of history to be written about in heaven ! See you later Edgar, thanks for your friendship........ xx
I met Edgar in 1966 when he was delivering an historical lecture at the Epping Methodist Church Hall on the colonial days and met up with him again some years later when he was in the very early days of launching his books. Edgar in his lectures and in conversation invoked passion, feeling and enthusiasm in any one who would listen to his message. Had he been a Southern Baptist preacher - he would have been a successful evangelist. He was for the Australian Colonial History cause. Edgar in his earlier years with the re-enactment group was a good actor and he evolved from that role into being the director. Edgar started and championed a number of good causes in which he encouraged his disciples to take on starring roles they otherwise would not have attempted. Unbeknown to us at the time Edgar was directing our efforts from the sidelines and helping to steer our course for success in the Colonial History cause. We will always be eternally grateful to this great Australian with the Prussian surname - my Cobber - Edgar Penzig.
I have known Edgar for over 30 years. Australia has lost a fine historial author who was a expert in his field, andwho wrote his books with such passion. To Megan and family, our thoughts are with you. You have lost a truly unique man and so has Australia. All people walk tall, but most of us walked in Edgar's shadow. The last time I spoke with Edgar he ended our conversation with "I love you Steve" and I replied "I love you too Edgar". I think we are all better people for having had the privilege of knowing Edgar, and of course, knowing you also Megan. I considered being a friend of Edgar's a privilege and an honour. Love you, Edgar - Farewell Cobber! Stephen and Allison Blowes
We first met Edgar in 1976 in Sefton where Edgar (together with Megan)operated a confectionery business . Over the years we have been inspired by Edgar's passion and knowledge of Australian history, and enjoyed memorable social catch-ups. One particular occasion that stands out was a dinner cooked by Megan to celebrate Edgar's 50th birthday in their then home at Kings Langley, surrounded by their many wonderful treasures. Edgar was a larger than life passionate Aussie who will definitely never be forgotten and we feel privileged to have called him a friend. When we last caught up with Edgar in Oatlands this time last year, he was in fine form. Rest peacefully Edgar, we will never forget you. Our thoughts are with you Megan.
Although I don't remember meeting him, mum (May) says I did many times. A Great mate of my dad's (Kevin). We have spoken many times in recent years. A great man I had a lot of respect for. Will be sadly missed. Deepest sympathy to Megan & family from Sue & May
I first met Edgar at one of his many book launches, in the 1980's. Over the years we form a friendship that I will always treasure. Thank you mate for the wonderful research you have done over your life. It will be a great asset to our future generation to know the true facts about our Wild Colonial Days days.. rest in peace my friend. Mark Thurtell , F.A. I. H.A.
I first met Edgar in 1963 when I was 15yrs old he would come into the Music store where I worked. I always called him Mr.Penzig and today I still had trouble calling him Edgar as it was the polite thing to do in those early days. I was in total awe of this brilliant man and his knowledge of History, he was ahead of his time. I followed his career and would often stand in the background when he was releasing a new book, and then I would make myself known to him. We have kept in touch for many years and I am so pleased to have known this true Gentleman and I will miss his telephone calls. To Megan, my thoughts are with you. Goodbye Mr. Penzig..