Dawe, William

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William Dawe was born on 23 March 1814 in Tamerton, Devon, England in 1814. Religion – Church of England. William was the son of Sampson Dawe (1792-1856) and Jenny Maddock (1789-1862). He was the cousin of Sampson Dawe (1813-1879) and Henry Dawe (1816-1849). William married Mary Anne Gregory (1816–1889) on 30 September 1838 at East Stonehouse, Devon, England. William and Mary Anne had six children (five sons and a daughter):

  • William Henry (1839 –1924) married Ann MacDiarmid (1841–1909)
  • Sampson (1841–1911) married Frances Sarah Norman (1842-1921) on 29 June 1865, blacksmith
  • Joseph (1843–1881) married Harriet Fenn on 06 July 1875, builder
  • John Maddock (1845–1860) unmarried
  • Mary Jane (1847–1910) married Robert Eaton on 06 November 1864
  • Robert (1850–1926) married Catherine Martin on 25 December 1872

William and Mary Anne Dawe, with their infant son William Henry, and his cousin Sampson Dawe with his wife Jane Elizabeth and their infant daughter Elizabeth, left Gravesend on 5 March 1840 and arrived on 17 June 1840 on board the 453-ton barque Charles Kerr from London, Gravesend, and Deal to Port Adelaide. In the 1840s Wiliam Dawe was employed as a laborer and quarrymen at the slate quarry run by his cousin Sampson Dawe and Thomas Polkinghorne. In August 1849 William gave evidence at a Supreme Court Trial involving trespass brought by Sampson Dawe and Thomas Polkinghorne against Thomas Williams who was found guilty and fined 40 shillings.

William Dawe, aged 36, died in an accident on 3 November 1850 at Willunga after the horse and cart that he was driving hit a stump and overturned. He was buried at St. Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery at Willunga.


Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum, https://maritime.history.sa.gov.au/research-types/passengers-in-history/

South Australia Census 1841, Index for GRG 24/13 Census Returns – 1841 Census

FamilySearch – Returns of Census compiled in January 1841 GRG24/13

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

Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888, Willunga National Trust Branch

FlickrID=26439818504 – William Dawe, St Stephen’s cemetery, Willunga

1849 ‘Tuesday, August 28.’, South Australian Gazette and Mining Journal,  30 August, p. 3. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article195938359

1849 ‘SUPREME COURT. Tuesday, August 28.’, South Australian,  31 August, p. 2. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71624603

1849 ‘SUPREME COURT—CIVIL SIDE.’, Adelaide Observer,  1 September, p. 3. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article158927992

1850 ‘BENCH OF MAGISTRATES.’, Adelaide Observer, 14 December, p. 4.,  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article159532312 [Fatal Accident]

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