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The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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River Thames

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Frederick Dawson was (6 April 1863-31 August 1911) at No. 33 Devonshire Street, Lambeth Surrey. His father was Matthew Dawson and his mother was Emma Tunningly (nee Goodwin). The family trade was barge building which had been carried on from the late eighteenth century at Lambeth and Vauxhall but Frederick went into apprenticeship as a Waterman - Lighterman when he was fourteen. He was bound on 10th April 1877 to a seven year apprenticeship at Wapping and freed on 13th May 1884. His master was his step-brother Matthew Manning Dawson. He married Emma Harbin Hodges (b. 3rd April 1861) in Portsea) in the Parish church of Poplar on 18th February 1883, and they had three children. They lived at various addresses on the Island but their last house was at No. 36 Mellish Street. He won several cups and medals, including “Veterans” in 1904. Among his effects were two silver 3d pieces from the reign of Queen Victoria. These coins were put between his front teeth when rowing and have many indentations. After his death his wife Emma continued to live at this address and the house still continued to bear a well polished brass plaque into the 1930s. by Mr Dawson