Category Archives: Dawson

HAMILTON – Origins of the Hamilton Ewell vineyard

Discovered this article in the Australian Dictionary of Biography, of Henry Hamilton, son of Richard Hamilton, who started the Hamilton Ewell Winery, located on the Curtis farm, which Richard Hamilton began when he first arrived in Adelaide in 1837. This … Continue reading

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BARREAU – death of Henry Nell (innkeeper in Singapore) 1st husband of Elizabeth Hamilton

I have found an extra piece of information to fill out the picture of Elizabeth Catherine Hamilton, who married 1) Henry Nell, 2) Alexander Barreau. It is regards to the death of her first husband, Henry Nell. He died in … Continue reading

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Photos of ancestors – Barreau and Hamilton – at SASL

I was contacted by the SA State Library recently, with some information on some old photos they have. They are photos of ‘Old Colonists’, ie, the first European settlers in SA. The list they spoke of is of women, and … Continue reading

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Researching British Records

Found a very useful article on researching parish records in the UK with tips of baptism and marriage ages etc.

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A convict in the family?

I think we may have struck gold with our Dawson family history research.  Well, a little nugget. John Hughes Dawson had a great uncle called Uncle Tom – or rather, Thomas Hughes.  He was JHD’s grandmother’s brother.  Well, Thomas married … Continue reading

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George West lived in Great Tichfield St, London

Those UK census records are such pieces of gold for genealogists. In the 1841 Census, George Edmund West was recorded in the census, with his wife, Mary Ann (Allen) West and two children, Jane and George. George was working as a … Continue reading

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Alexander Barreau (II) and gold.

It appears Alexander may have headed to Victoria after gold during the 1850s, as did many South Australians.  The first gold to be found in Victoria was in 1851.   There is an unclaimed letter addressed to Alexander Barreau which … Continue reading

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Cold Case within the Barreau clan

From the Adelaide Advertiser: Cold case: Police offer $1m reward for information on Rhianna Barreau’s disappearance on October 7, 1992

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Wedding Anniversary

Today is a big day for all you Dawsons and connected families. It is the wedding anniversary of our great grandparents. On this day in 1896, Edward Dawson and Maria Louisa West married in Gosport, Hampshire, England. They emigrated to … Continue reading

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Anniversary – Mary Ann Johnson Allen (West)

Today is the anniversary of the death of Mary Ann Johnson West (born Allen). She was born in 1818, I believe in London, and died in 1860, aged only 41. She married George West in 1838.  They lived in Hampshire, … Continue reading

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