Learn about Stewart Dawson & Co.
Stewart Dawson & Co. were manufacturing and retailing jewellers, silversmiths and watchmakers who in the late 1880s had branches in Liverpool and London in England; in Australia in Sydney and Melbourne and in New Zealand in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
The person behind the business, Stewart Dawson (1849 - 1932), whose full name was David Stewart Dawson was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
He served his apprenticeship in Dufftown a small town about 70 km from Aberdeen and then at the age of 22, moved to Liverpool where he founded a retail watch making and jewellery business. The business was very successful, and after reviewing the number of orders that were coming in from Australia, he emigrated there in 1886. He founded the business of Stewart Dawson and Co., initially with premises in Sydney but soon expanded to Melbourne, and New Zealand.
He also invested and traded in inner city properties in Sydney and Melbourne, from which he became very wealthy, so much so that by the time of the Great Depression in the 1930s he had converted his properties to cash, and was holding in excess of 1 million pounds. more...