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Name: DAWSON, John Graham FRGS, FZS

Birth Date: 28 Jan 1885 Leyton, Essex

Death Date: 16 Mar 1953 Nairobi

First Date: 1911

Last Date: 1953

Profession: Manufacturer's representative

Area: Box 216, Nairobi, Mombasa

Married: Beatrice F. b. 1883, d. 20 Nov 1954 Nairobi

Book Reference: KAD, Red 25, Red 31, EA & Rhodesia, Red 22, Bur, Leader14, Flight, Gillett, Barnes, Gazette

School: Salisbury College, Leytonstone and Shanklin, Isle of Wight

General Information:

East Africa & Rhodesia - 16/4/53 - Mr John Graham Dawson, whose death in East Africa at the age of 67 is reported, was the founder of the firm of manufacturers' agents in Nairobi which bears his name. At the age of 19 he left this country to farm in New Zealand, but two years later he went to Egypt where he remained 4 years. After a short time in London he reached Mombasa in 1911 to join the staff of a well known merchant house, but soon afterwards he set up in business on his own account in Nairobi as resident representative for several British manufacturers. The business developed steadily, branches were opened in other towns and Mr A.F.J. Gedye, a nephew, was taken into partnership. Dawson, who was at one time honorary treasurer of the Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Eastern Africa, was for many years an active member of the Nairobi Chamber of Commerce and of the Natural History Society of East Africa. A keen fly-fisherman, he helped to stock Kenya's highland rivers with trout. He was an ardent rose grower.
Red 22 - J.G. Dawson, Box 100, Nairobi
Red 22 - Hon. Treasurer, East Africa and Uganda Natural History Society, Nairobi. There is also a Beatrice Dawson-Graham d. 20 Nov 1954 aged 80.
Nairobi City Park Burial Register - John Graham Dawson, age 68, died 16/3/53, and Beatrice Graham Dawson d. 20/Nov/1954
Flight - 23 Aug 1928 - Commander L. Mansfield Robinson, accompanied by Mr Graham Dawson, flew from Nairobi to Nanyuki, on June 23, in a DH 'Moth' aeroplane on a short fishing expedition. The machine left Nairobi at 8.55 am and approached Nyeri above the clouds at a height of 11,000 ft. (above sea level). Both Mr Graham Dawson and the pilot stated that there was a wonderful view of the peaks of Kenya and the Aberdare Range standing up out of masses of white clouds below and with a background of vivid blue sky behind. Through the courtesy of Mr Boby of the Nanyuki Polo Club, a smudge fire was burning on the polo ground on which a landing was to be made, and this was clearly seen from a distance of several miles. The wind was inclined to be gusty, but a good landing was made at 10.15 am. The ground was found to be in excellent condition. Commander and Mrs Hook entertained the visitors who managed to obtain some 4 hours' fishing as the result of which a fine basket of trout was packed away in the locker of the machine prior to the commencement of the return journey. After lunch with Commander and Mrs Hook and Captain Kenealy, the machine took off again at 3.5 pm and a landing was made at Nyeri at 3.35 pm. There, again, the polo ground was found to make an excellent aerodrome for light planes. Tea was provided by the members of the club and the visitors then waited to watch one chukker of polo after which the machine took off at 4.5 pm. Nairobi was reached shortly after 5.0 pm in time to allow the passengers in the machine to have a game of tennis before dark, and to be present at the closing performance of the "Gondoliers" in the evening. It is understood that Mr T.A. Wood who, many years ago gave £50 towards the cost of importing trout spawn, made his first meal of these delightful fish in Nairobi as a result of that trip.
Gillett - He farmed first in New Zealand and later spent four years in Egypt. For some years he was Treasurer of the Association of Chambers of Commerce of EA, and also of the EA and Uganda Natural History Society. He and his wife lived in a house off the Ngong Road and presented to the city the two large palm trees that stood for many years at the junction of Delamere Avenue and Government Road, Nairobi
Barnes - Nairobi City Park Cemetery - Beatrice Dawson-Graham, died 20 Nov 1954 aged 80 ?
Gillett - Went to Mombasa on the staff of a well known mercantile house, but left the following year to establish his own business in Nairobi as Manufacturer's Representative.  
Red 25 - Hon. Treasurer, EA and Uganda Natural History Society
KAD 1922 - Hon. Treasurer - EA and Uganda Natural History Society
Gazette - 7/4/15 - Liable for Jury service, Nairobi District - J.G. Dowson, Agent, Government Road
1911 England Census he was a cigarette agent in south Manchester

 

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