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Dadswell Family History

Generation 10
Lyndon Raymond Dadswell (1908-1986)

On this page:
Ancestors of Lyndon Dadswell
Lyndon Dadswell's story
Key family dates
Further information

Ancestors of Lyndon Dadswell

Robert Doudeswell 1560 > Robert Doudeswell 1606 > Edward Dodswell 1659 > Edward Dodswell 1679 > Robert Dadswell 1711 > Robert Dadswell 1773 > Charles Dadswell 1817 > Charles Frederick Dadswell 1847 > Arthur Raymond Dadswell 1884 > Lyndon Raymond Dadswell 1908

Lyndon Dadswell's story

Lyndon Raymond Dadswell, the first of the two children of Arthur Raymond and Maysell (Pidgeon) Dadswell, was born in Sydney on 16 January 1908. He was to become one of Australia's best known artists of the 20th century.
Lieut Lyndon Dadswell, Cairo, 1942
He studied at the Julian Ashton Art School between 1923 and 1925 and at East Sydney Technical College between 1926 and 1929. He became a student of sculptor Rayner Hoff and became widely known for his work at Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance. He believed his real training took place during his time (1929-35) as assistant to Paul Montford, then chief sculptor for the Shrine.

Lyndon Dadswell undertook his first commission in the Shrine's interior - 12 large sandstone relief panels depicting activities of the Australian Imperial Forces during World War One.

His work resulted in a scholarship which led to study at the Royal Academy Schools, London, in the mid-1930s, and this was followed by a teaching appointment at the National Art School in Sydney.

He enlisted in the 2nd Division AIF in 1940 and fought in Greece, Libya and Syria where he was seriously wounded in 1941. After recuperating, he was commissioned as an official war artist, working in Cairo until his return to Australia in 1942. In the short time he was in the Middle East, he produced 12 sculptures of Australians in Greece and the Middle East.

From 1943, Lyndon taught sculpture at the East Sydney Technical College and his work featured in various exhibitions between 1946 and 1955. 1955-56 saw him as a senior lecturer at the East Sydney Technical College and 1966-67 he was Head of the Division of Fine Arts at the National Art School, Sydney.

Lyndon Dadswell was named a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in June 1978 in recognition of his services to sculpture. He continued to exhibit his work at shows and exhibitions up until 1983 and continued to live in Sydney until his death in 1986.

He had two marriages - the first was to Eliza (Elza) Antoinette Ruth Stenning in 1930. The couple had a son, Paul Anthony Dadswell, who died in a traffic accident in Sydney when he was was an infant.

His second marriage was to Audrey Margret Herbert in Sydney in 1939. The couple had two children, Penelope and Peter Dadswell.

Following Lyndon Dadswell's death in 1986, Audrey continued to live in Sydney until her death in 2000.

This 10-generation Family Chart shows the development of this Dadswell family (PDF file).

Photo: Lieut Lyndon Dadswell, Cairo, 1942. Aust War Memorial photo.

Key family dates

Lyndon Raymond Dadswell
b 16 Jan 1908
d 7 Nov 1986
married 1.
1930
at Prahran, Vic
Eliza Antoinette Ruth Stenning
b 1910
d 25 Mar 1994
Child -
1. Paul Anthony Dadswell b 9 May 1933 - d 25 Feb 1934
Lyndon Raymond Dadswell
b 16 Jan 1908
d 7 Nov 1986
married 2.
1939
at Sydney, NSW
Audrey Margret Herbert
b 13 Oct 1910
d 1 Sep 2000
Children -
1. Penelope Dadswell b 1941
2. Peter Dadswell b 1945

Further information

Information on Arthur and Maysell Dadswell (generation 9, parents of Lyndon Dadswell)
Australian Dictionary of Biography
Australian War Memorial Website article
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery website article


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