Last June I posted this photograph in the Wedding Wednesday theme and admitted then that I had no idea about the identity of the happy couple.
Well I can now tell you that I solved the mystery – thanks to my cousin in Australia.
The photograph is of George Isaac Dawson and Constance Mabel Austin leaving the church after their wedding ceremony. I don’t have an exact date but it is mid to late 1920’s.
George Isaac is my grand uncle – my grandfather’s brother. He was born sometime in Q1 of 1901 in Keighley, West Yorkshire. In the 1911 census he is living with his parents, James Dawson and Emma Buckley, and his siblings at 91 West Lane, Keighley.
His entry in the GRO birth register is Isaac but he was known as ‘Ike’ to me – at least that’s how my grandfather referred to him.
Anyway, ‘Ike’ emigrated to Australia. He sailed from London on 15 September 1923 on board the ship Orsova bound for Fremantle, Australia. Here is his entry in the passenger list.
At the moment I don’t have any information about Constance’s family.
I do know that ‘Ike’ and Constance had their first of four children in 1928. So within five years of arriving in Australia ‘Ike’ fell in love, married and started a family.
I really admire ‘Ike’s’ sense of adventure – leaving his family in the UK and starting a new life at the other side of the world. I am also glad that almost 89 years later we are still in contact with our Dawson relatives in New South Wales.