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Dadswell Family


This part of the Smiley website contains short histories of a number of Dadswells (families or individuals) who migrated from Britain to Australia, particularly those who made the journey in the 1800s or early 1900s. This information is included as one Smiley, Jessie Isabel Smiley, married into the Dadswell family.

The story of the early English Dadswell generations is common to all family members. But over time, separate families emerged and some of these migrated to Australia, creating new stories. To read about these people, see Dadswell Family History.

Historic information

  Robert Doudeswell and some Australian descendants
  Origins of the Dadswell name
  Index of names on this website

Family feature stories

  Index of family feature stories
Cover of
25 January 2023
"Justice in a Hurry"

"Justice in a Hurry" is a new novel based on the World War One diaries of Sapper Henry Dadswell (1894-1978) who served as a signaller with the Australian Army. A work of fiction, the book has been written by Toz Dadswell, son of the Australian signaller. It is a follow-up to his 2015 book "The Two Days in Your Life". Details.

Dadswell Street sign at Whitlam, ACT
1 January 2020
Dadswell Street Names

Occasionally when driving around Australia, one comes across a street named after a Dadswell. Sometimes these street names commemorate the memory of noted Australian artist Lyndon Dadswell, but on other occasions they record the memory of a Dadswell who made a mark on their local community. Details.

Website contact

As this is a growing website, additional information is welcome, as are messages if you find inadequate or incorrect information. A link to contact details is at the foot of each page.

mailbox picture Email:
Harley Dadswell
PO Box 519
Curtin   ACT   2605

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