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Dadswell Family History

Robert Doudeswell (ca 1560-1636) and some Australian Dadswell descendants

This website has information on a number of Dadswells (families or individuals) who migrated from England to Australia, particularly during the 1800s or early 1900s. To read information about these family lines:

  • scan the direct links list below, and click on any of the underlined names and follow the family line back to the earliest-known Dadswell generation of the 1500s; OR
  • use the family chart below and click on Robert Doudeswell's name and then move forward to follow the family line which interests you; OR
  • use the index of names to find the person who interests you; OR
  • use the search page to find a person of interest.

To help with navigation, generations have been given numbers starting with Robert Doudeswell (ca 1560-1636) as generation 1.

Direct links

These links go direct to a Dadswell who either migrated to Australia or whose name became well known in Australia -

Dadswell migrants to Australia
Dadswell, Archibald Frederick - 14-year-old who migrated to Perth
Dadswell, Barbara, Anne and Edward - three young siblings who were 1839 migrants to NSW
Dadswell, Charles Edward - 2-year-old migrant who became a company director in Melbourne
Dadswell, Charles Frederick - 5-year-old orphan migrant to Sydney in 1852, who became a shoe and boot manufacturer
Dadswell, Herbert John - child migrant to Victoria in 1913, who returned to Europe to fight in World War One
Dadswell, Jane - a widow who arrived in Sydney in 1893 with infant daughters Olive and Mabel, only to give birth to a child of mysterious parentage
Dadswell, Lewis Charles - baker, grocer and mechanic who migrated in the early 1900s, lived in Perth, became part of Australian Flying Corps
Dadswell, Llewellyn - 1913 migrant to Queensland, a policeman, and a man with two wives
Dadswell, Nicholas Henry, Elizabeth and Hannah - 3 young siblings who settled in South Australia
Dadswell, Robert (a baker) and Naomi - 1850 childless migrants who produced a son in Victoria who became a noteable engineer
Dadswell, Thomas David (a bricklayer, plasterer) - 1873 migrant to South Australia with his second wife Emily and two-year-old son Charles
Dadswell, Thomas Ovenden - English grocer and 1849 migrant to Australia who became a prosperous boot/shoemaker in Sydney
Dadswell, Thomas William and Helena - 1857 migrants, English husband/German wife who settled in Western Victoria (Dadswells Bridge)

Australian-born Dadswell noteables
Dadswell, Alfred Otto - farmer, community worker in Mt Cole/Warrak area of Victoria
Dadswell, Charles - early volunteer for World War One service but killed in France six months after enlistment
Dadswell, Charles Thomas - builder, contractor, heavily involved in development of western Victorian irrigation system
Dadswell, Emma Elizabeth - married Harry Bell, mothered family of ten
Dadswell, Eric - forester, wood scientist of Sydney and Melbourne
Dadswell, Helena Matilda - mother of five, married Sidney Norwood, business woman in her own right
Dadswell, Henry William - World War One soldier, horticulturalist of Red Cliffs, Victoria
Dadswell, Llewellyn Leslie and David Dyer - Melbourne brothers who both fought and were wounded in World War One
Dadswell, Lyndon - acclaimed sculptor, of Sydney
Dadswell, Marion - teacher, traveller, writer
Dadswell, Rita - married Robert Dunbar, 'migrated' from Victoria to Western Australia, mother of eight
Dadswell, Sidney Edward and his wife Lily - licencees of Carlyons Hotel, Melbourne
Dadswell, Stephen Orrace - witness of the start of the 1861 Burke and Wills expedition, engineer, inventor
Dadswell, Thomas William - cobbler, shop manager, Stawell shire councillor, musician
Dadswell, Percy - a Queensland Dadswell who overcame the hardship of life in an orphanage but who was never able to find his mother

Related families

Some information has been included about families who were related to Australian Dadswells by marriage. See:
Bell family
Dunbar family
Lewin family
Mitting family
Norwood family

Family chart for Australian Dadswells

Generation 1
Robert Doudeswell (ca 1560-1636) married Elizabeth (family name unknown, died 1610). Robert and Elizabeth had 9 children, including -
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Generation 2
Robert Doudeswell (1606-1676) married Mary Aynscombe (died 1633). Robert & Mary had 2 children, including -
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Generation 3
Edward Dodswell (1659-1736) married Elizabeth Elliott (ca1657-1735). Edward & Elizabeth had 9 children, including Edward, Nicholas and Alexander -
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Dadswell family tree

The above chart can also be viewed in PDF format (8kb), useful for making a printed copy.

Other historical information on this website

  Origins of the Dadswell name
  Index of names on this website
  Family publications

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