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Dawe, William Henry

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1839
Place of birth Tamerton in Devon, England
Date of arrival 1840
Principal occupation Slate carver, builder and contractor.
Date of death 1928
Place of decease Prospect, Adelaide, South Australia

William Henry Dawe was born in 1839 at Tamerton in Devon, England. He was the oldest son of William Dawe (1814-1850) and Mary Anne Gregory (1816-1889). He travelled as an infant with his parents who left Gravesend on 5 March 1840 and arrived on 17 June 1840 on board the 453-ton barque Charles Kerr from London, Gravesend, and Deal to Port Adelaide.

William Henry grew up in Willunga during the 1840s where his father William worked as a quarryman and labourer. After his father died in an accident on 3 Nov 1850, William Henry (then aged about 11 years), his mother Mary Anne and his five siblings were looked after by his uncle Sampson Dawe.

William Henry, aged 22 years, married Annie MacDermid aged 20 years (1841-10/02/1909) at Willunga on 22 August 1861. They had nine children (4 sons and 5 daughters): John Gregory (17/11/1862-30/12/1905, m. Elizabeth Armstrong), Mary Ann (Fanny) (26/09/1864-1950, m. Taylor?), William James (22/04/1867-24/06/1933, m. Elizabeth Hannah Stephens on 08/03/1890 in Geelong), Robert (30/01/1869-26/06/1928, m. Caroline Marion Degenhardt in 1897 in Adelaide), Walter Herbert (30/12/1870-20/08/1928, m. Alice May Griffin on 26/12/1898 in Adelaide), Edith (30/09/1872-18/03/1928) m. William Everard Lucy on 09/03/1892 in Warracknabeal, Victoria, Ethel Maud (29/11/1874-unknown, m. George Burton Smith on 29/03/1898 in Prospect Beatrice Florence (24/01/1877-1944, m. Charles Andrew Lock on 02/12/1903 in Prospect) and Elsie Adelaide (19/12/1878-25/08/1963) unmarried?

William Henry was still resident at Willunga when his first son (John Gregory) was born on 17 Nov 1862. On 26 June 1863 William Henry Dawe of Willunga was declared bankrupt and sentenced to three months in prison for fraud.

By 1864 he had moved into Adelaide when his sister Mary Jane Dawe married John Eaton at the residence of William Henry Dawe in Adelaide on 6 Nov 1864. From about 1864 to 1867 William Henry and his family were resident at Adelaide (marriage of Mary Jane Dawe (1864) and where William James was born (1867). Between 1869 and 1872 William Henry was living in Mitcham where Robert (1869), Walter Herbert (1870) and Edith (1872) were born. Later in the 1870s William Henry and his family lived in Moonta where Ethel Maud (1874), Beatrice Florence (1877) and Elsie Adelaide (1878) were all born.

By 1898 he was living in Prospect. His last residence was 10 Wilhelm St, Prospect at his daughter’s house (Mrs. Beatrice Lock). William Henry Dawe, aged 85, died at Prospect, Adelaide on 4 June 1924. He was buried in the North Road Cemetery (Nailsworth).

Sources

  • News 5 June 1924:12
  • South Australian Register 27 June 1863:3
William Henry Dawe, North Rd Cemetery, Nailsworth
William Henry Dawe, North Rd Cemetery, Nailsworth


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