The Gardener’s Gamble

A social history of Australia through
the Dawson Family 

 by Helen Laidlaw

Who do you think you are? 
Are you interested in 19thC Australian history?

This book tells a true story, using previously unpublished papers, journals and photographs. It traces the lives of a Lincolnshire gardener, John Dawson and his wife, Mary, his nine children and many of the people who developed Australian agriculture, cities, communications, democracy and culture from 1835 to the 1920s.

His five daughters all married – so if your ancestors were a Coker, Hobbs, Davy, Jones, Longmore or Thomas this may be your story also.

If you are interested in the voyage of the Canton in 1835, the Macarthurs of Camden Park, Harrington Park, Erskine Park, Northwood, Neutral Bay, Surry Hills, Camden, Cootamundra,
Malvern (Vic.), Quaker history in Sydney and Tasmania, the trial
of "Breaker" Morant, and the impact of the First World War on
an extended family, this book is for you.

  • Meticulously researched and well written

  • Beautifully designed with full colour original photographs,
    paintings & advertisements

  • Indexed with extensive notes

  • Family trees

  • 272 pages

  • Published December, 2010


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