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Frank Ernest DAWKINS


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Southend on sea, Essex
Address: 15 Tylers Avenue, Prittlewell
James C Dawkins head widow 50 inspector of water works
Mary L dau single 20 housekeeper
James son single 16 plumber app
Althea 15 son errand boy port?
Florence dau 8
Frank E son 5
Clare Stevens 25 servant single

1911 Index DAWKINS FRANK 1896 15 Rochford Essex

Arrived in Australia before 10 Mar 1915. ???


Thanks Gibbo,

I had not seen that site before.

Here is one I can't see on that site:

WARRELL OWEN : Service Number - W66854 : Date of birth - 05 Dec 1893 : Place of birth - STANTHORPE QLD : Place of enlistment - NEDLANDS WA : Next of Kin - WARRELL DOROTHY

or his brother:

WARRELL LESLIE : Service Number - W66776 : Date of birth - 29 Jun 1892 : Place of birth - STANTHORPE QLD : Place of enlistment - CLAREMONT WA : Next of Kin - WARRELL ROSE

John HARRIS is not there either:
Enlisted Perth, WA 24 Jun 1916 - S/N 4996 No 6 Tunnelling Coy - 24 yrs Miner Beaconsfield, WA - NOK Mrs M Harris - c/o Fremantle, WA - Embarked Fremantle, WA HMAT A69 'Warilda' 1 Jun 1916 - Served in - Returned to Australia 25 Sep 1919
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Looks like it. ;) Seems Frank was the only one of the family to come to Australia.

I have more work to do on my tree now. :2fun:

I'll have to go through my whole tree searching for those who served to see if there is a photo.
Oh well we did alright. We only went from Migration to Military :biggrin: Both start with "M" so we're not to far off track :2fun::2fun:
Hi, I just came across this site.

Frank Ernest Dawkins was my great grandfather. How are you related to him?
If it is the same Frank, I have some info on him - what did you want to know?

From your previous post, Frank did have a brother who also came to Australia. His name was Arthur Alfred Dawkins.
Hello Arn,

welcome to FHUK

I am very remotely related via several marriages.

John is a nephew of Evan HARRIS who married Catherine SANDS and I'm related to Catherine.

I will check and see if I have any queries.


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Hello Arn,

This should be the right birth registration:

Births Sep 1895
Dawkins Frank Ernest - Rochford 4a 554

Do you know when Frank and Arthur came to Australia?


Thanks for that.

As far as my family knows - and this information was relayed to us by my grandmother (Franks daughter), is that Arthur was a crew member on a ship (name of the ship unkown) and Frank was a stow away on the ship. This is why there are no official records of them arriving in Australia.

The 1901 England census shows them still living in England then, but around 1905 they are shown as living in/around the Cottesloe/Fremantle suburbs of Perth.

I'm not sure if you have seen this website but it has all of Franks original scanned documentation from WW1, including being a POW and his relocation and release. http://mappingouranzacs.naa.gov.au/details-permalink.aspx?barcode_no=3492644

Hope this sheds a bit of light on things for you anyway.
Hello Arn,

Thanks for the info. It may be possible to trace Arthur.

This should be his birth registration:

Births Mar 1886
DAWKINS Arthur - Rochford 4a 448

This index entry seems to show Frank in Essex in 1911:

DAWKINS FRANK 1896 15 Rochford Essex

Yes, I've seen that site and read Frank's service record on NAA.

1925 WA Electoral Roll - Fremantle - Claremont
DAWKINS Frank Ernest, c/o J. Harris, Monument st, Cott. bch., traveller
DAWKINS Gertrude Mary, 10 Swan street, Cottesloe Beach, married

1949 & 1954 WA Electoral Roll - Curtin - Leederville
DAWKINS Frank Ernest, 88 Northwood street, storekeeper
DAWKINS Gertrude Mary, 88 Northwood street, home duties

You probably have the death and burial details for the two.


Hello Arn,

If you want info on Gertrude Mary's family I have 3 generations. Perhaps not complete but should be accurate as I am in contact with a Harris relative.


Just a correction that I mistyped before - it should have said 1915 not 1905 that shows them living in Perth.

I have a lot of info on Gertrude Marys family - there are a lot of Harris's around. I think there were about 8 kids in her family.

Thanks for the additional info - you don't have anything further on Franks parents do you? I don't have much about them.

Thanks again
I have a bit. Can't find them in 1881 which is a bit odd.

Marriages Dec 1879
DAWKINS James Cornelius - Rochford 4a 427
Cotgrove Jane - Rochford 4a 427

1881 ?

Civil Parish: Prittlewell
County: Essex
Registration District: Rochford
Sub-RD: Prittlewell
DAWKINS, James C Head Married M 40 1851 Plumber & Waterworks Inspector Whittlesea Cambridgeshire
DAWKINS, Jane Wife Married F 35 1856 Leigh Essex
DAWKINS, Mary L Daughter F 10 1881 Domestic Hockley Essex
DAWKINS, James J Son M 6 1885 Scholar Southend Essex
DAWKINS, Arthur Son M 5 1886 Scholar Southend Essex
JAY, Alice Servant F 14 1877 Domestic Servant General Southend Essex

Deaths Sep 1898
Dawkins Jane 42 - Rochford 4a 365

Deaths Jun 1904
DAWKINS James Cornelius 51 - Rochford 4a 290
That's great, thanks for that.
It gives me more to go on.

If you need any other specific info just let me know and I'll see what I have that can help.