This memorial plaque for George Isaac Dawson and Constance Mabel Dawson (nee Austin) is at the Shoalhaven Memorial Gardens and Lawn Cemetery, Worrigee, New South Wales, Australia. I took the photograph on a recent visit there.
George Isaac Dawson is my grand uncle – a brother of my grandfather. He was born on 22 December 1900 in Keighley, West Yorkshire and baptised on 27 January 1901. His parents were James Dawson and Emma Buckley.
At the age of 22 George (or Ike as he was always known to me) emigrated to Australia on board the ship Orsova, sailing from London on 15 September 1923 bound for Fremantle.
Constance Mabel Austin was born in 1907 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Her parents were Thomas Edward Austin and May Annie Mezelia Boosey.
Within four years of arriving in Australia George married Connie and they went on to have four children. I previously wrote about their wedding here. I also recently discovered another photograph of their wedding day in my collection.
George and Connie eventually settled in the town of Nowra, New South Wales – about 160km south west of Sydney.
When he emigrated to Australia George’s occupation was listed as “Assistant Engineer”. I have learnt from one of my cousins in Australia that George went out there because the company he worked for back in the UK was relocating to Australia.
In later life George took up painting – here he is with a couple of his watercolours.
George passed away on 24 February 1990 and Connie died on 20 June 1993.