Death of the landlord of the ‘Bush Inn’ in 1849

Event Dates:

17 November 1849

On Saturday 17 Nov 1849 Henry Dawe, aged 33, the respected landlord of the Old Bush Inn, died near his residence at Willunga. He had accompanied a man named Campbell to fetch firewood at a spot distant about four hundred yards from the inn, and was apparently in good health up to the moment when Campbell left him to return to the house. Soon after, Mr. Dawe was found by Mr. (Alexander) McCoy of the Mounted Police, lying on his face, and quite dead. His brother, Mr. Sampson Dawe, and others, were soon on the spot, and removed the body to the Bush Inn.

An inquest was held before the Coroner, W. Wyatt, Esq., on 19 Nov. There were no marks of violence nor anything to indicate other than that death had ensued from natural causes, and the jury returned a verdict of “Died by the visitation of God.” Henry Dawe was buried at St Stephen’s cemetery and first church site (St. Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery) in Willunga.


1849 ‘ANNUAL MEETING OF MAGISTRATES‘, Adelaide Times 19 March, p. 2. , viewed 12 Feb 2024,
1849 ‘LOCAL NEWS‘, South Australian Gazette and Mining Journal 22 November, p. 3. , viewed 12 Feb 2024,
1849 ‘Family Notices‘, South Australian Register 24 November, p. 2. , viewed 12 Feb 2024,

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