(Header: Bickham House in Kenn, Devon, © Derek Harper.
Owned by the Short family.
John Hughes Dawson (II) worked there as a butler)
In my family we always believed the Dawsons were relative latecomers to Australia.* The first member of my Dawson family came to Australia in 1905. He was my great-grandfather, Edward Dawson, who brought his wife and children. One of his sons, Cyril, my grandfather, was aged 13. That means that my father was a first generation British-Australian
Cyril spent his youth in the Adelaide district, but as an adult took up land in the Eyre Peninsula area, above Port Lincoln. It was Crown Land, which meant the previous owners were Aborigines before the white folk forced them off.
While the land was new, the area had actually been settled in the early 1830s, the same time as Adelaide. Scattered around the peninsula were old families who had been there since that date. My grandfather’s family felt they were newcomers to an old established area.
My gandfather, however, married into an old family of Adelaide that dates back to the very beginnings of that city. That family was the Hamiltons. There was also an earlier branch of the Dawson family which settled in Western Australia in 1830, started by Elijah Dawson, son of Richard Dawson (IV) & Ann Hughes, at the very beginning of that colony.
So it turns out that the Dawsons have old links to this country.
The family names involved in the extended family tree of the Dawsons in Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
Where did they come from in England?
Although my grandfather lived as a child in Hampshire, the Dawsons originally came from the Isle of Thanet, a rural region in the far eastern end of Kent, and they were there for several generations, back to the 1500s.
But no, they weren’t landed gentry, they were small farmers and agricultural labourers.
I have outlined various details of my family history in the pages of this website. Please browse the links in the navigation bar on top of the page or the sidebar to find more.
MY FAMILY HISTORY TRIALS HOME WEBSITE
For other branches of my family tree.
I have included a basic list of direct linage. Please click here to see it by clicking the link above. The full family tree is enormous and too complicated for this site. I have them placed on separate database websites. You will find a link to these on the Family Tree page.
Much of the information on these pages is introductory. Any family members or genealogists who would like more detailed information, or who would like to contribute and share information, please don’t hesitate to contact me
* Of course all white immigrants to Australia are latecomers since the Aborigines have been here for 50,000 years and the British first came in 1788.