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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 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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Birthday

Today is the birthday of John Holmes Barreau, son of Alexander Barreau and Elizabeth Hamilton.  Born 1863.  

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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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