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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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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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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 http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/cold-case-police-offer-1m-reward-for-information-on-rhianna-barreaus-disappearance-on-october-7-1992/story-fni6uo1m-1227253018854

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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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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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Elijah Dawson, long lost cousin.

My father would always tell me about how his father came to South Australia from the UK in the early 20th century.  He had married into an old line of settlers in SA so he was mockingly proud of his … 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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