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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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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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John Hughes Dawson – Butler

Thanks to the census records we know who is was that John Hughes Dawson worked for. In 1881 John Hughes Dawson was working as a butler at No 16 Cecily Hill, Cirencester.  The owner of house was Mr Charles AR … Continue reading

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Error on Richard Dawson (III) page

On looking through my website here I noticed some errors I had made for Richard Dawson III, where I said he had married Elizabeth Shumacher.  Elizabeth was his mother!  Eeek!  Sorry great x 5 grand-dad.     So I have … Continue reading

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Earl of Portarlington?

There was an old family story told that the Dawson family was not originally English, but that John Hughes Dawson’s family came to Cornwall from Ireland.  There was a family legend that they were descended from an Earl of Portarlington.  … Continue reading

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Alexander Barreau and father

OK, one more piece of gold found from the marriage index of AB and his wife ECH.  Alexander’s father is named.  Wow.  They ask for the grooms father’s name and it is given. Wait for it, here it is … … Continue reading

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Marriage of Alexander Barreau and Eliz Cath Hamilton

Well, after all my plans to organise and sort my current research, what do I do?, more surfing the net for any family history research.  It’s a trap I fall into so often. Anyway, this time I actually found something … Continue reading

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Sorting my info

I have recently began to travel to a nearby town regularly to take my son to school.  On some days, instead of going back home I have gone into the town and spent time in the library doing some family … Continue reading

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Researching information on the NLA website Trove

I’ve been looking at the wonderful website run by the National Library of Australia called ‘Trove’.  It has digitised copies of Australian newspapers, and various other things as well.  It’s fantastic. It is very easy to use.  You simply search … Continue reading

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