Alexander Dewar

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Alexander Dewar was a mine manager, <1863-1865>.



Dewar was manager of the Old Gravel Pits G.M. Company. In 1863 Dewar was named as the manager of the Buninyong Gold Mining Co.[1] He was later manager of the Albion Mine at Sebastopol. Dewar moved to the New Zealand goldfields in 1885. He was mine manager at Mount Morgan in 1894. Dewar died in Auckland in 1911.

"By the death of Mr Alexander Dewar, at Auckland N.Z., on the 5th instant, at the age of 83, there passes away one of the veteran mining men of Australasia. Coming to Melbourne in the early fifties, Mr. Dewar was for a time engaged in building, but the mining boom at Ballarat attracted him, and he became the manager of the Old Gravel Pits G. M. Company., the first joint stock company to engage in mining, in Victoria. 'He was afterwards manager of the Buninyong Company, and the Albion Mine at Sebastopol, Ballarat. In 1885 he was engaged by a Victorian company to go to the Thames goldfields, N.Z., as manager of the Tookey Mine. Mr. Dewar was manager of the Broken Hill Blocks in 1888, and the Kaoutuna Mine (N.Z.) in 1890. He was appointed mine manager of Mount Morgan in 1894, and continued in that position until 1897, when he returned to Auckland, N.Z., where he had property, and resided there till his death. He leaves a grown up family of four sons and four daughters Of the sons, two are well known Queenslanders- Mr. T. G. Dewar, of Brisbane, and Mr. P. W. Dewar, of Rockhampton."[2]

His wife died in 1931:

"The late Mrs. Helen Yule Dewar, who died at Auckland recently, at the age of 97 years, was born at Edinburgh in 1834, and as a girl of 20 went to Australia with friends in the ship Hornet. She settled at Ballarat, and there married Mr. Alexander Dewar, a mine manager. Later the call of the Thames goldfields took Mr. and Mrs. Dewar to New Zealand. Mr. Dewar was engaged by Victorian capitalists to go there in 1870, and in 1894 went to Mount Morgan mine, Queensland, where he was mine manager for three years. Mrs. Dewar had always been keenly interested In women's organisations, and was one of the pioneer members of the Women's Christian Temperance Union in New Zealand. She had also been associated with the work of the Baptist Church in Auckland for many years. Mrs. Dewar is survived by eight of her children, three of whom are in Queensland- Messrs. James Hay (Mount Morgan), P. W. Dewar (Sunnybank), and T. G. Dewar (New Zealand Government Agent, Brisbane)."[3]


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  1. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Monday 20 April 1863, page 3.
  2. 1911 'PERSONAL.', The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), 7 November, p. 8, viewed 23 February, 2014,
  3. 1931 'Mrs. Helen Yule Dewar.', The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), 19 May, p. 8, viewed 23 February, 2014,

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