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Sergeant Thomas Henry Dawson (1832.......1914)

Back to . . . 12th Foot East Suffolk Regiment
  • Born : 1832
  • Where Born : Parish of St Mary's, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • Occupation : Soldier
  • Date Arrived : 6th November 1854 (in Melbourne)
  • Ship Arrived on :  "Empress Eugenie" 
  • Rank on Discharge : Sergeant
  • Regimental # : 2870
  • Date of Enlistment : 17 June 1850
  • Where Enlisted : Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • Date of Discharge : 18 July 1862
  • Where Discharged : Sydney
  • Enlistment Mounted Police :  Sergeant Mounted Police 31/1/1857 Hobart
  • Died : 5 April 1914
  • Where Died / Buried : Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards/ Gore Hill Cemetery 
  • Parents Names : Thomas Dawson
  • Spouse's Name : Harriett Bilney Holmes
  • Date Married : 20 October 1859
  • Where Married : St David's Cathedral, Hobart
  • Born : 12 October 1834 (baptism)
  • Where Born : Stowmarket, Suffolk
  • Occupation : Homeduties
  • Date Arrived : 18 September 1859 (in Hobart)
  • Ship Arrived on : "City of Hobart"
  • Died : 23 August 1923
    Where Died / Buried : Gore Hill Cemetery
  • Parents Names : : Henry and Mary Ann Holmes
  • Descendants

    Information was kindly provided by : Mal Jones
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    History & Achievements :
    Thomas Henry Dawson, my great great grandfather, was in the 12th Suffolk and would've been at the Eureka Stockade.  I checked the regimental records at the Mitchell Library several years ago and confirmed this.     After Ballarat, he was posted to Hobart, where he was the Sergeant of Orderlies. Family tradition says he was the Aide de Camp to the Governor during his time there (about 1855 to 1860), but I checked that in the Hobart public library and found it wasn't true.  Perhaps he occupied a lesser post at some stage, or acted in the role briefly.    He married another Suffolk person there in October 1859 - Harriett Bilney Holmes - at St David's Cathedral. When he left the regiment in the early 1860s, he settled in Sydney.  They had several children.  He was manager of the Civil Service Club in Macquarie Street during the 1860s.  He received a fine clock in 1867 when he resigned, which is still in the family.  He worked at a couple of other city clubs after that, finishing his working life as a "tide waiter" with His Majesty's Customs.  His wife ran high class boarding houses through the 1860s to 1880s in Bent Street and surrounds.  Family tradition is that the boarders were often parliamentarians.  Thomas and Harriett's children are supposed to have attended balls at Government House.    Thomas came from a military family.  His father served in the Royal Navy on several ships between 1817 to 1845, including the HMS Asia at the Battle of Navarino off the coast of present day Greece in the 1820s or 30s.   Thomas eventually died at his residence in Lavendar Bay, Sydney in 1914. He's buried in the C of E section at Gore Hill Cemetery. Family tradition says he had an extensive military library, which unfortunately was thrown out after his death.
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