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John H Dawson

NSW - prominent oar and scull maker

Born in Willoughby in 1847 and died in Mosman in 1932

The following obituary appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Friday 7 October 1932, page 13.

Mr. John H. Dawson, who died at the residence of his son, at Shadforth-street, Mosman, man Sunday last, was at one time Sydney's famous scull and oar maker. His patrons included many former champion scullers, among them being N. Trickett, E. Hanlon, W. ("Bill") Beach, T. Clifford, E. Laycock. P. Kemp, Richard Green, H. E. Searle, J. Stanbury, N. Matterson, and Chris. Neilson, as well as the amateur champions of that period and the Associated Rowing Clubs of New South Wales and New Zealand, When Richard Green went to England and won the first world's championship he used Dawson sculls, as also did E. Hanlon when he rowed in Australia.

In his declining years Mr. Dawson devoted much of his time to charitable work. He was 87 years of age, and is survived by a son, Mr. Alf. Dawson, of Mosman, and a daughter, Mrs. E. Burns, of Strathfield.

[Editor: The reference to Richard Green winning the World Championship is wrong but he was the first Australian to challenge for it.]

Andrew Guerin
January 2022


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