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Ernest Lee Dawson - Medals back in family

It certainly pays to blog. I was very fortunate that I checked my email on my phone a few weeks ago, while I was travelling home from a weekend away (My husband was driving!) The message simply stated to have a look at a listing on Trademe New Zealand. Key words in the link included medals, antiques and collectables.My interest was piqued!

The link showed medals which originally belonged to my great uncle Ernest Lee Dawson (1885-1968). I responded to the email as to why she sent me this message and the reply was that she had read an article of mine after seeing the medals online and conducting a little research. Thanks Kate!

I had previously bid online for a postcard written by my great grandmother and the experience was positive. So, although this was going to cost significantly more, I knew I had to bid for the items.

1914-1915 StarBritish War MedalVictory MedalGallipoli MedalGallipoli Medal Lapel Badge

Needless to say I won the auction after some harrowing final minutes!
Ernie married l…

Happy 200th birthday William Lee Dawson

200 years ago today (16th September 1819) at 2:30 a.m., my great, great grandfather William Lee Dawson was born in County Dublin to Robert Dawson and his wife Eleanor Giles. Happy birthday William Lee.

William Lee was later baptised at St Michan's Parish in Dublin. Last year, I was fortunate to visit St Michan's Church. I just missed the tour of the church and underground crypt and the church had just been closed. After pleading my case we were let into the church and I took several photos. It was a special moment to walk through the church.

There were two baptismal fonts, one of which appeared much older than the other. This was probably the baptismal font used when William Lee was baptised.

I have previously blogged about William Lee here:

1. Australia Day Challenge
2. Family Treasures - Cylinder
3. Family Homes - No 2 - Franklin, Tasmania
4. Australia Day 2012 - Wealth for Toil - Dr William Lee Dawson
5. 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records - Week 8 Diaries
6. Trove Tuesday - T…