Biography

WILLIAM DAWSON

Burial register ID: 14001
Surname: DAWSON
First name: WILLIAM
Middle names:
Gender: Male
Age: 71 Years
Cause of death: Unknown
Burial type:
Date of death: 27-Jul-1923
Date of burial: 29-Jul-1923

Block: 191
Plot: 46
Inscription:

Bio contributor: Dick Ryan and Margaret Livingstone

William Dawson was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in January 1852, educated at Montrose and aquired the art of brewing under his fathers tuition in Durham, England. He came to Dunedin in the ship ‘James Nochol Fleming’ which arrived in Port Chalmers on July 2nd 1873. After his arrival he was employed in brewing for J.Wilson and Co. Then in 1876 he entered into partnership with James Speight and C.F. Greenslade, started the city brewery and on his death on 27 July 1923 was the last surviving member of the original partnership.

He always took a keen interest in community affairs, elected to the City Council in 1885, as Mayor in 1887 and again in 1892. In 1890 he was elected, as member for Dunedin suburbs to the House of Representatives. He was also associated with many otherpublic activities. As memberof the Hospital Board, representitive for Dunedin on the Otago Harbour board, twice president and life director of the Caledonian Society. A generous Patron and President of the New Zealand Bowling Association and the Kaikorai Band.

He had important business interests apart from his connection with J. Speight and Co. and was the founder of the large jewellery firm of Dawson’s Ltd. He assisted many local institutions and gifted the extra monies needed to build the Otago Medical School.
Mr Dawson was married to Miss Mary Ann Andrews in Dunedin in 1877 and they had a family of four daughter and two sons.

There are 5 Interments in this grave:

Surname First names Age Date of death Date of burial
DAWSON ANNE 89 Years 20-Sep-1904 22-Sep-1904
DAWSON MARY ANN 78 Years 14-Mar-1923 16-Mar-1923
DAWSON WILLIAM 71 Years 27-Jul-1923 29-Jul-1923
DAWSON WILLIAM 75 Years 02-Dec-1886 04-Dec-1886
LIVINGSTON MARGARET BAIRD 84 Years 26-Dec-1927 28-Dec-1927