The Dyson family grave site in East Perth Cemetery.
Transcription of the the minute books of the Perth City Council between 1858-1875
The voyage of the Moffatt, transporting 400 convicts to Van Diemen’s Land in the year 1834, might be unique in that there are no less than two narrative accounts of the same passage, written with considerably more detail than the usual bald official accounts of departure and arrival, and the invariably incomplete manifests of passengers… Continue reading Tales of the Moffatt
Researching a particular convict ship I find more that I expected. This will turn out to be a damn good chapter when everything has been assimilated.
Wherein, I solve a mystery no-one had ever considered had been a mystery before and correct the historical record on a minor fact that — in the grand scheme of things — is completely irrelevant. This is the earliest dated confirmation in the press that the United Service Tavern in Perth was now under the… Continue reading Locating the United Service Tavern
The story of the original United Service Hotel & Tavern Perth Allotment L3 was originally gifted to colonial merchant and all-round important person George Leake, by virtue of him already having a lot of money. He swiftly on-sold it to a consortium consisting of a Portuguese boatman named Joseph Moore and a Mrs Hodges. Moore… Continue reading Rank Hypocrisy
When I started writing my book on the Dyson family, very little was known about James Dyson’s first wife Fanny nee Hoffingham. They married in 1842, they had four children, the last of whom was an infant daughter who died in 1849, a year before Fanny herself (supposedly) died. The best guess as to the… Continue reading Are you … kidding me?
He was born about 1807, probably in the village of English Bicknor, part of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, an ancient western county of England near the border with Wales. He died… well that’s one of the many facts up for debate about his life. The best guess is that he snuffed it in… Continue reading Bio: Richard Edwards (jr)
Restoration of the Dyson Grave in East Perth Cemetery has begun.
Sam Dyson was was among the first to sign up for the Great War and was among the first quota of Western Australians in the AIF. He would be one of the first on the beach at ANZAC cove, and would survive for his Dad to tell that story. His father was Andrew “Drewy” Dyson and it’s important to remember that any story mentioning Drewy will always end up being about Drewy.