Dawe, Henry

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Henry Dawe was born in 1816 at Coombhill, Devon, England. He was baptised on 8 September 1816 in the parish of Samford Spiney in Devon, England. Religion – Church of England. Henry was the son of John Dawe (1782-1856) and Elizabeth Rundell (c1774-1839). He was the younger brother of Sampson Dawe (1813-1879) and the cousin of William Dawe (1814-1850). On 11 April 1839 Henry Dawe, aged 23, was tried for larceny at the Exeter City Sessions where he was found not guilty. Henry did not travel out to Australia with his older brother Sampson and his cousin William in 1840 as he appears in the 1841 United Kingdom census. Instead, he arrived on 14 November 1848 on board Bussorah Merchant from London. Also on board Bussorah Merchant was farm servant Sarah Elizabeth Gregory (1820-1865) who was probably going to Willunga to join her sister Jane Dawe (née Gregory).

Shortly after he arrived Henry, aged 33 years, married Sarah Elizabeth, aged 29 years, on 22 March 1849 at Willunga. Henry and Sarah Elizabeth had just one child: Henry Dawe (born 10 March 1850- died 20 February1888 at Adelaide).

Henry Dawe was granted a publican’s license for the Old Bush Inn in Willunga in March 1849. On Saturday 17 November 1849 Henry Dawe, aged 33, the respected landlord of the Bush Inn died near his residence at Willunga. He had accompanied a man named Campbell to fetch firewood only 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 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 where an inquest was held before the Coroner, W. Wyatt, Esq, on 19 November. 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 was buried at St. Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery in Willunga.


Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors. [Henry Dawe of Devon, 11 April 1839 for Larceny, not guilty].

United Kingdom Census, 1841 per Ancestry

State Library of South Australia, Diane Cummings, Bound for South Australia, https://bound-for-south-australia.collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/1848BussorahMerchant.htm

Genealogy SA, https://genealogysa.org.au/

1848 ‘SHIPING INTELLIGENCE. ARRIVED.’, South Australian, 14 November, p. 2., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71612928

1849, South Australian Gazette and Mining Journal, 15 March, p. 3. ,  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page22341423 [Henry Daw, Bush Inn, township of Willunga. – Granted]

1849 ‘Advertising’, South Australian, 21 December, p. 3. ,  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71625321

1849, South Australian Gazette and Mining Journal, 22 November, p. 3. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page22341713 [Inquests]

1849 ‘Family Notices’, South Australian Register,  24 November, p. 2. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50246332

FlickrID=26439818774 – Henry Dawe, St Stephen’s cemetery, Willunga


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