FOR PAM DAWSON
I haven't worked out how to respond to you so am just posting a listing.
As far as I know there is no connection but you never know. If you have picked my listing up because of the Dawson connection. My listing details are John McRae born 1853 in Kirkhill, Inverness married Annie Dawson on February 15 in Edinburgh. Annie's parents were Donald Dawson and Christina Ross.
John and Annie, I think had only one child - Christina born in 1886 in Beith Ayrshire. I think Annie may have died young as there are a couple of census listings for Christina and John but Annie is not in them.
Have you got your grandfather's death certificate?
I've just had a quick look on Scotland's People for listings for Donald Dawson. There are nine born between 1870 and 1900. The closest I can see is John Donald Dawson born in Dunfermline Fife in 1885 which would make him 30 at the start of WWI which sort of makes sense considering he had to get to Australia etc.
I haven't looked at the actual registeration page which you could do: www. scotlandspeople.gov.uk
The National Archives of Australia in Canberra has all the immigration/ship listings for people entering Australia. http://www.naa.gov.au
The Archives may be able to help you find out when he arrived. I found a missing aunt when I searched their listings.
If by chance you are in Adelaide, you might be able to phone the Adelaide Archives office...which was going to be closed down but survived the chop.
If you want to put your email address on this site, I'll scan the page from Scotlands People and email it direct to you.
Hope this helps.
Reply posted by : Ann Jordan