Hi Lauren and David,
I am helping out with the transciption of some 19thC shipping lists and was having trouble reading the name of the 2nd Mate on a ship in 1896....looked like Eedy but I'd never heard of the name! Googled it and found you.
If you are interested in genealogy at all, there was a G.W. Eedy, 2nd Mate on the ship 'Chingtu', sailing between Hong Kong and Sydney in 1896. Listed as Australian.
Seems to be a few in Australia from my glance through Google