Tag Archives: Strutt

An English family who ended up as free settlers to Van Diemen’s Land, with scions to Western Australia

Leetown to Auchterarder

When certain members of the Dyson clan chose to deny their Lancashire heritage of robbery and mayhem, they liked to pretend their antecedents came from Scotland (As you do.) But much as some might prefer a purer lineage of cattle rustlers and street brawlers, adulterers and colourful racing identities, there is some authenticity to the professed Scottish identity of the children of Joseph Dyson (junior). Jessie, his wife, was the daughter of a Vandemonian draper named James Strutt. Unaccompanied and single, Jessie’s mother had arrived…

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Going Postal: The great family rift.

…About half-past nine last Friday night, my attention was attracted by a number of persons standing in front of prisoner’s brothers’ residence, in Murray-street; I was in plain clothes at the time, and Dyson’s sister — a little girl — came up to me and said that her brother Andrew was killing her Father; The evidence of P.C. Grant. The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 – 1950) Tuesday 13 January 1885 p 3 When Joseph Dyson junior was thirteen years of age he would…

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