NameJohn Edward (Jack) DEASON , GGGG Grandson, M
Birth6 April 1874, Moliagul, Victoria, Australia, (10798)
Death25 March 1940, Boulder City, Western Australia, Australia
BurialBoulder City, Western Australia, Australia
FatherJohn (John Jenkins) DEASON , M (1829-1915)
MotherCatherine McANDREW , F (1836-1921)
Spouses
Birth1874, New Zealand
BurialBoulder City, Western Australia, Australia
Death16 April 1958, District Hospital, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia
FatherGeorge Robins OPIE , M (~1847-1910)
MotherJessie Rebecca HEAD , F (1858-1927)
Marriage11 June 1900, Albany, Western Australia, Australia
ChildrenJohn Stanley Hewitt (Stanley) , M (1902-1905)
 George Wilfred , M (1904-1988)
 Daisy May (Dais) , F (1906-1949)
 Hazel Loretta , F (1908-1909)
Notes for John Edward (Jack) DEASON
Marriage registration: 1900/1570/Albany.4

The following is from Greg Campbell’s tree2:
John Edward (Jack) was born in 1874 at Moliagul. From 1864 to 1869 the Deason family had lived at Bulldog Gully, Moliagul where John’s father prospected for gold and farmed land in partnership with Richard Oates. At some stage, soon after the discovery of the Welcome Stranger nugget in 1869, the family moved to the farm called The Springs, just outside Moliagul.

John (Jack) spent his childhood at The Springs until late 1888 when financial difficulties forced John (senior), Catherine, and the two youngest boys, John Edward (Jack) and James Joseph, to seek work in Melbourne and let out The Springs.

By about 1890/1891 John and Catherine moved back to The Springs.

John Edward (Jack) detailed his life story in a letter he wrote during the period 1937-1938 to his son, George, then living in London, and posted 26 January 1938. The following information is based on the contents of this letter and other records as noted (for a full transcript see later pages).

In his letter John Edward wrote that he grew up in Moliagul at his parent’s home – The Springs -which they had bought using the proceeds from the Welcome Stranger gold nugget. John’s father mortgaged the property to raise capital for mining ventures that did not prove fruitful and, as a result, the family worked hard to pay off the mortgage. During this period the family, including the children, used their father’s equipment to build reservoirs for farms around the district. As well as horses, the Deasons had cattle and sheep and later records indicate that oranges were grown in the orchards at The Springs.

Around the late 1880s John recorded in his letter that his parents, John & Catherine Deason, let The Springs and with the two youngest sons (John Edward & James Joseph) moved to Footscray, Melbourne where John Edward worked for the Braybrook Implement Company (later Sunshine Harvester Company) and James found work with a blacksmith. John found the work too hot and hard and left to work for a general merchant at nearby Ascot Vale. He was there for 3 years before being retrenched.

John continued in his letter, noting that the letting of The Springs was not a success and that his parents had to return to the farm. About this time John went to Bendigo where two of his brothers (probably Hugh and Alfred) were working at the mines. John enrolled at the Bendigo School of Mines for a Driver’s Certificate which he gained at age 18 years (minimum age) – about 1892. Prior to qualifying he worked underground in the mines.

John went on in his letter to tell of his first experience as an Engine Driver at Duke’s Flat, near Marong (about 12 kilometres south-west of Bendigo). He earned £2.2.0 per week. However, the venture was not profitable and closed. John then returned to The Springs where he worked on his father’s Steam Puddler “just for tucker” with his brother Harry (Henry). There was not enough money in this work and his brother Hugh advised him to go back to Bendigo and work on the steam trams that had come into operation. This he did until “two of his pals” told him they were off to the Western Australian goldfields and John decided to go with them. (Further research required – find names of other two).

John arrived at Albany, Western Australia on board the Tekapo on 15 March 1895.

John’s letter describes in detail his first stay in Western Australia which can be summarised as follows:
- left Victoria on the Tekapo about March 1895 for Albany, Western Australia;
- went by train from Albany to Northam and then on to Southern Cross – the end of the rail line at that stage;
- proceeded by foot (and baggage on a wagon) to Coolgardie – much hardship, thirst and loss of horses;
- went to Bonnie Vale (about 12 kms north of Coolgardie) where he found work as an engine driver at the Bendigo and Coolgardie mine;
- John and his two pals returned to Bendigo after 21 months (about early 1897). John was the only one of this group of men to return to Western Australia.
There is a record of a ‘J Deason’ travelling on the Innamincka which departed Fremantle 8 November 1896.

In 1898, John, then aged 23-24 years, returned to Western Australia alone. There is a record of a “Mr J Dearson” (possibly a transcription error) on board the Adelaide, which arrived in Fremantle, from Melbourne, 27 January 1898; a “Deason” from the “Eastern colonies” on the Adelaide, which arrived Albany, 26 January 1898; and a later record of a “Mr Deason” on the Rockton which arrived Fremantle, 3 May 1898 from Melbourne.

John then went to the Kalgoorlie goldfields where he worked at the Chaffers gold mine. The Post Office Directory of 1898 noted his address as: “Deason, John, Chaffers GM, Great Boulder” .

At the time, the two townships of Boulder and Kalgoorlie were largely a ‘sea of tents’:
Setting up house
There were no building permits to worry about. It was a matter of finding a patch of ground, getting timber and iron for the roof if possible, but most of all a roll of canvas and a bag of lime. Once the framework was up it didn’t take long to tack canvas to the outer and inner walls, and nail laths to the uprights over the tacks and canvas for strength and appearance. Then the place was white washed … The camps were built simply but sturdily, and if necessary it was an easy matter to jack them up and move them, on a wheeled triangular jinker drawn by camel team …

John’s letter went on to explain how he intended to marry but that he did not have the money to return to Bendigo and so his younger brother, James, brought Louisa Anne Opie out to Western Australia. John (Jack) married Louisa (Annie) when she arrived at Albany in 1900.

Louisa’s parents, George and Jessie Opie, originally settled in New Zealand where Louisa (the eldest) was born. They came to Victoria about 1880/1881; firstly to Talbot and by 1884 to Eaglehawk, Bendigo where they remained. They had seven children:
• Louisa Ann Opie – born 1874, New Zealand,
• Grace Robins Opie – born 1877, New Zealand,
• John Thomas Opie – born 1879, New Zealand,
• Laura Jessie Opie – born 1881, Talbot, Victoria
• Ada Cornford Opie – born 2 November 1884, Kirkwood St, Eaglehawk, Victoria,
• William Opie – born 1887, Bendigo [Sandhurst], Victoria
• George Ormond Leslie Opie – born 1897, Eaglehawk, Bendigo, Victoria

At the time of Ada’s birth in 1884, her father George was noted as a miner.

The 1901 Commonwealth Electoral Roll noted John’s occupation as: “engine-driver”; Annie’s as: “married woman” and their residence: 635 King St, [Boulder]. Note: discussions with Western Australian Deason descendants indicates that ‘635’ is probably the lot number for 51 King St and that John and Louisa lived at the same address from the time that John had returned to Boulder in 1898.

At the time of the birth of son George at Kalgoorlie in 1904, John was noted as an “engine driver”.

Louisa (Annie) Deason, together with sons, John and George, returned to Victoria in 1905 to visit relatives at Eaglehawk. John took ill and died on 25 May 1905 at Eaglehawk. His burial record indicated that he came from Pegleg Gully – probably the home of Annie’s family, the Opie’s, or possibly one of the Deason’s. John (‘Jack’) had stayed on at the Kalgoorlie (Boulder) mines. John (Jack) was noted as an engine driver at the time of son John’s death.

The 1906 Commonwealth Electoral Roll again noted John’s occupation as: “engine-driver”; Annie’s as: “home duties” and their residence: 635 King St, [Boulder].

John and Annie were living in Boulder at the time of the death of their last child, Hazel, in 1908.

The 1916 and 1925 Commonwealth Electoral Rolls also noted John’s occupation as: “engine-driver”; Louisa Annie’s as: “home duties” and their residence: 51 King St, [Boulder],. The 1936 and 1937 Commonwealth Electoral Rolls noted John’s occupation as: “engine-driver”; Louisa Annie’s as: “married” and their residence: 51 King St, [Boulder] ,.

John’s letter of 1938 also tells of his life and work in Kalgoorlie-Boulder:
- he originally worked for the Chaffers mine (from 1898);
- later the Bulong mine where he lost money (before 1900);
- the North Boulder mine where he eventually became Chairman of Directors and selling out for a good profit;
- he studied through the I.C.S. (International Correspondence Schools) possibly in the area of engineering or technical drawing;
- his then current (1938) work was with the Kalgoorlie Enterprise Company (previously Boulder No. 1) at a time when steam power was being phased out in favour of electricity.
- that John, Annie and daughter, ‘Dais' (Daisy May) were living at 51 King St, Boulder (1938).

John’s son, George detailed his life story in a letter he wrote in 1986 and included some additional information regarding his father:
- John was a fitter and turner by trade in Kalgoorlie-Boulder before studying engineering and winding engines with the International Correspondence Schools where he gained a diploma;
- John was a keen musician and played the clarinet (probably with the Boulder City Band); and
- John and his son, George, visited Moliagul and Dunolly about 1913, and saw John’s mother, Catherine, and his brothers. They came by ship from Fremantle, Western Australia to Melbourne, Victoria, then by train to Dunolly and horse and sulky to Moliagul.

In September 2006, Grace Deason wrote:
…As an “engine driver” Jack was well liked by the miners as he had gentle hands & they had a smoother ride up & down with him than anyone else.

John (Jack) in his letter indicates that he must have returned to Moliagul for a visit at some stage in the 1930s as he talks of seeing his nephew Herbert Henry Deason on his own farm and raising a small family.

John possessed enough gold from the Welcome Stranger nugget to have manufactured three small motifs (approximately 15 mm in diameter) which were mounted on the handles of three silver-plated teaspoons. These motifs depicted: a gold-miners pan with small nuggets; a mine winch and rope; and a crossed miner’s pick and shovel. The fine work was probably undertaken by a Kalgoorlie goldsmith prior to 1920. The spoons are in the possession of a Deason descendant in Western Australia and have been used at exhibitions depicting Australian gold, including the Welcome Stranger nugget (replica), both in Australia and overseas. In March 2008, the spoons formed part of a display of memorabilia of John Edward Deason and his son, George Wilfred Deason, at the home of Deason descendant, Jill Caldwell, Bendigo. The Bendigo Weekly newspaper reported on the spoons and their history.

In addition, a small piece of the Welcome Stranger nugget was retained by John’s (Jack’s) family and this nugget “enclosed in a wooden casket” was donated by Louisa (‘Annie’) Deason (John’s widow) to the National Museum of Victoria in 1941. The Museum indicated that the nugget would be exhibited alongside its replica of the Welcome Stranger. This piece of the Welcome Stranger nugget (about 1 cm by 2 cm, quartz inlaid with gold) is no longer on display but is held in the Melbourne Museum’s storage vaults.

John Edward died 25 March 1940 at Boulder. Louisa continued living at Boulder; the 1943 and 1949 Commonwealth Electoral Rolls noted her occupation as: “home duties” and residence: 51 King St, [Boulder],.

On his son George’s death certificate (1988) John is noted as an “engine driver” and Louisa a “tailoress”.

Louisa (Annie) was still living at 51 King St, Boulder at the time of her death in 1958.

The following letter was written by John Edward Deason to his son, George Wilfred Deason, over the period 1937 & 1938 (posted, Perth 22 Feb 1938). George’s address at that time was 137 Pennine Drive, Hendon Way, NW2, London, England.


51 King St
Boulder
Jan 26 [19]38
Dear George,

Your last two letters to hand O.K. & I wish to tender an apology for delay in answering, the old Perseverance Mine of late has been sixes and sevens owing to three Electric driven Compressors being installed & then the electric winder which replaces that good old winder of some 37 years faithful service, which was built in Melbourne at the Austral Otis Foundry Sth Melb in 1900 & at the present time another electric winder is being installed at the old Boulder No 1 now named the Kalgoorlie Enterprise Co, which is partly owned by the Perseverance mine, so with the large mill we have now & that is called the Kalgoorlie Ore Treatment plant. I’ve been kept busy one way and another, owing to one of the Drivers being on holidays, it fell to my lot to pull the first rake of ore with the new winder, so that is settling down now & I am back in the shop all day shift, I did have a few days on No 6 shaft before xmas & it was then I tried to concentrate on a few items of early day happenings before I came to W.A. this new management has laid themselves out to get rid of steam, it remains to be seen what success they will have.

The electric winder to date is slower & not so certain in moving about the shaft in single gear with men on, however it is fatal for the heads to hear anything to the contrary, but the tallies are telling already & old steam engine-men are not easily converted to any other power for reliability the steam is on its own.

“Re” your request George I may make a statement, as for interesting reading I am doubtful, however Lad I’m willing to try, you are not the first, to ask for early day history of W.A. and most Lads, who have a tendency to study are always interested to hear how their forbears found the world & their ups & downs before they found the right track, what I mean by the right track is, the occupation, by which, he can earn a livelihood & be on equal terms with the other fellow, how many young men have started out & gone to the wall, thro not being the equal of others in the way of wit, brains & education, but as men & citizens, they well outweighed their opponents in sound sense, honesty of purpose & an abhorrence of shady & mean acts. Well Lad you may call this a prelude to the request you seek so I will begin with your query of Engineering Etc.

Your G. Father shortly after finding the Welcome Stranger Nuggett [sic] purchased a ten head Battery & was crushing for the public & at the same time was interested in a mine close to where he found the nuggett [sic] which had the largest winding engine in the district & four out of your five uncles got experience in running & minor repairs of same, I was too young then but I remember both engines & machinery was always a magnet to me, never tire of looking at, or studying it prior to the purchase of this Battery Etc. G. Dad thro the persuasion of G. Ma bought the Homestead & farm & orchard known as the springs & that name it still carries to this day & I’ve seen it marked on some atlas we used at school. Thro the value of this property, G. Dad was able to raise a lot of money to go further into mining & that move plunged us all into a heavy mortgage, which hung till a year or two before G.D. died which occurred in 1915. This liability Co he was mixed up with was formed in Ballarat, shareholders gradually slipped out & left John Deason Senr to foot the Bills, he had no education but his money was sought after by these mining sharks. The family struggled for years to pay the heavy interest 8%, having our own horses, cattle & sheep, we were enabled to take fairly large contracts in road making, bridge building and three large reservoirs for different districts & one of them the finest sheet of clear water & best holding bank, was made with plough and scoops, with changes of horses & they with their continual, tramping & sliding of scoops made a bank that never showed a sign of leak, the other two with a clay bank in centre both leaked & they had civil engineers in attendance to see the work was carried out according to specification, it was a brain wave of U. Harry to build the bank with horses & scoops, about 54 years ago. Now these contracts were getting fewer & the shearing, ploughing & harvesting could not keep all the family going, so they moved to different mining fields in Victoria. Harry bought a farm of his own & his widow still owns it & their only son a returned soldier took to up land near by & appeared to me (the last time I saw the old place) to be comfortable & rearing a small family.

Later years the farm was let for a term & Father & Mother with U. Jim & myself shifted to Melb. Footscray. Dad drove the wagonette & us lads the big dray we did the 130 miles in reasonable time. Jim went to work with a Blacksmith & myself to the Braybrook implement Co, now the Sunshine Harvester Co, the work proved too hot & hard for me, I was offered more money to stop, eventually I applied for a position in Ascot Vale with a General Merchant & it was there I got a bit of grounding in business affairs, I was there for 3 years a slackening of hands took place, it was either me or a married man had to go, so off I went to Bendigo & I may say at this stage the letting of the farm was not a success & Dad & Mother went back to Moliagul so as soon as I was out of work I off for the mining fields where I had two Brothers working. I had £5 in my pocket & that was the most money I had at one time in those days. Well Hugh stood to me till I got work underground working in a shaft, one driver only on the day shift & afternoon shift had to climb 400 ft. after finishing shift, so my experience was widening as the years went on & it was there I started at the Bendigo School of Mines for a Drivers Certificate. My brothers Tom, Harry, & Hugh had years of experience with my Fathers engines & that entitled them to certificates of service, whereas from about 1889 or 90 an act was brought in that every man employed around engines must hold a certificate showing he had some knowledge of the work, also prior to this act being enforced many serious accidents occurred thro the bursting of boilers & loss of life some was caused thro the obstinacy of managers & owners refusing to have proper attention to Safety valves, Safety plugs Etc. After attendance at school for about six months & putting in all my spare time with drivers who would tolerate me I got my ticket 18 years was the youngest a person could hold one, but I had passed a few weeks before that & had to wait for the issue & while working underground. I got mixed up with a syndicate, that was formed to work an old mine about 7 miles from Eaglehawk called Duke’s Flat near Maroong [Marong], 20 shareholders, put up a Battery of 15 head & hired a Portable Engine to drive it, so I was anxious for rain to come & fill our newly made dam, so we could start & me to get my first job as Driver. & what a job it was, with muddy water for a small Boiler & the old Battery shaking to pieces and there was the man that fed the mill & myself to do everything a real hard Kick off which I never forgot.

later Perth 19/2/37 [may indicate that letter was written over a period of time and not in the page order in which it finally appeared].

The mistake with this venture was, we should have had a trial crushing before we spent all that money, but I left everything in that line, with older heads, it cost £70 per man & I was earning £2.2 per week after paying board and lodgings, you can see I had very little to spend on clothes & amusement, eventually we went broke. I was out of work with no money so off I went back to the farm & Steam Puddler & worked hard & long hours for just tucker, at last U. Harry suggested for us to go down to a creek that did produce some rough specs of gold in the early days, we got down an old shaft which was sunk thro hard ground to the "wash” (that is the material which carries the gold) which was only 10’-12’ sinking, I was sent up to work off a few buckets, but not a colour did I raise, so I sent Harry up & the first bucket he showed a l2½ dwt piece £2-10 which gave us 25/-per man we worked eagerly for more but not another color [sic] after a few days further work, so I packed up & off to Bendigo again & this time my Bro Hugh advised me to try the small Locomotive on the tram service between Eaglehawk & Bendigo a big car was attached to this engine sometimes two. Well the conditions on this job was you had to learn the road for a fortnight & then go thro your trial on 8 different engines, with the engineer & other officials riding in the car, however I got thro & had to take my shift on the road for a few weeks & relieving others while they got their meals & time off. Sometimes last tram in shed at 12-30, out again at 6 in the morning & walk 2½ miles each way. Well this job only kept me for about 3½ months, when one Sunday, two of my pals, came upon me when I was having trouble with the Valve spindle. They said we are off to W.A. would I come. I said money was the only thing that could stop me & I was assured they would not see me stuck, so I agreed & we booked about the beginning of March 1895 on board the “Tekapo” an old cattle boat hired from New Zealand & of course things were booming towards Coolgardie, we had a rough passage & the accommodation was putrid, packed like sardines, broke a propeller bet[ween] Adelaide & Albany & when the repairs were made & the anchor picked up we had dragged anchor perilously close to the rocks. At least we reached Albany & after paying our fare to Northam my money was done, (& all I had was £12 leaving Bendigo) from Northam to Southern X [Cross] was the contractors line & that was the end of our riding from the X [Southern Cross] to Coolgardie 120 miles was by waggon [sic] team they charged £1 to carry your swag & you walked & helped with the horses feeding & watering & both feed & water had to be carried on the waggon & the horses issue was one bucket each 3 times per day. While looking around for the teamster who would take “swampers” that’s what we were called, & trod on the butt end of a hidden bottle & there were thousands of them lying about, as all grog arrived there in bottles, & this thing cut thro the arch of my boot & drew blood, which scared them all some wanted me to stay behind for a week, but I went on & did my first day's march of 12 miles, we struggled on for the three days trying to make 20 miles per day early starting & late finishing the fourth day brought us to heavy sand & all the teams used single file for the horses l0 in each team, this sand stuck the back team of three waggons, so our horses were taken back to pull the others, thro, it was a common sight to see a poor horse fall from heat & exhaustion, he was then shot & dragged just out of the track & left for the dingos, & it was while I was watching one wagon I got under it, out of the heat & dug a hole to put my feet in, it was then I well remember saying to myself, “Bendigo Trams was a cow of a job but was a d… sight better than this”.

Our bed of a night was to scratch a hole for the hips in the sand & get the best you could being tired every night, sleep cane fairly easily to me anyhow. I would like to mention, at this stage that a rush Lad broke out, called McCanns rush & when we were within two days of Coolgardie we met a man with a tank of water making for the rush, he had lost his way & we were parched & the poor devils of horses had their last drink, so it was a real God-send to us that this fellow had decided to sell the water for our horses & we paid for our drink of water.

However Coolgardie was reached and we laid in Bayley Street that night. Next morning set out for Bonnie Vale seven miles Nth of Coolgardie & it was there that the first act of hospitality was shown since leaving Bendigo, the manager of the Bendigo and Coolgardie mine was W. M. Deeble now inspector of mines in Cue somewhere, he was a brother in law of late James Taylor one of my mates so, it was an easy matter for good miners to get work but engine drivers & tool sharpeners, were rather ahead of the times, anyhow I got work at an adjoining mine till the engine was ready, we soon erected our camp tents & bough shed to keep off the sun, & about six weeks later a very heavy rain fell drowned us out of home, but we were glad to see the water.

Of course you remember the flooding of the Westralia Mine at Bonnie Vale many years ago, where Verischetti the Italian was entombed with about 200 ft. of water above him, & where diver Hughes carried succour to him thro his diving suit & hermetically sealed tins of food, well that shaft was the extended mine and our camp at one stage, of our career was almost at the mouth of this shaft & several of us owned the lease which was later sold to the big mine at the Vale & proved to be the best producer of Bonnie Vale. Needless to say our chop in the transaction was only a few pounds per man!

Well lad after a year & 9 months of roughing it three of us went back to Melb & Bendigo, this time we had the contractors trucks from Coolgardie to the X [Southern Cross]. From there on a tolerable ride to Fremantle booked our passage to Victoria, but I was the only one of the three to come back. W.A. was rough enough & Victoria was very hard before I left it and I’ve never worked in any other state than W.A.

Mother comes to the picture now & on my return I made up my mind I’d have to make a home, things were going along very well, untill [sic] I was given to understand that I would have to go back to E. Hawk to receive all the good wishes, well that took money and I started with some scrip made a small punch out of Chaffers when she was a small mine went into things heavy at Bulong & lost the lot, had to wait another 12 mths & then build up on wages.

Eventually your U. Jim my youngest brother brought your Mother over to Albany in 1900 & we were married there on the 11th of June, my good job cut out while I was down at Albany & for years the ups & downs of the Goldfields took us along with it, in its ups & downs & I used to struggle whenever a chance came along to improve myself in mechanical drawing many ideas were lost thro not being able to put them on paper & the last venture was the Nth Boulder I was so sure of success & a place for the rest of my days to work comfortably that I would have mortgaged everything to buy into the mine after working there for two years. I bought 500 scrip for Mr Axell & myself & finished up Chairman of Directors & selling the whole mine getting 3/6 per share for all shareholders whereas the other fellow, had let slip from us our best asset the mill & cyanide plant. Now George the I.C.S. [International Correspondence Schools] gave me the best experience of what I wanted, but being late in life the study was hard to get a grip of, but my wide experience amongst Machinery & Engines stands me in good stead now, atho [sic] our Chief Engineers change on the Mine first Mr Leevers who is 83 years of age now. Mr Bradly also a good age and now Mr Redpath an Englishman late of Rio Tinto Spain, all of whom excuse my disposition but can’t fault the work & each of them make a point to lighten the job if possible, that is why I’m relegated to the screwing machine of the shop when not required on an Engine but my wage never varies.

Mother, Dais & Self are at present in Perth on annual leave & if I want more time here I’m told quietly I’ve only to ask for it. The journey down of 374 miles by road, 240 of it badly corrugated was covered with the car after 9 years of service without any mishap, & if Mother were agreeable I would take back with me a Vauxhall 14, otherwise I start Monday at Mr Borrman’s place to make an improvement on the Ford Tudor, putting rubber bumpers at the front of the Engine I want some tools to do the work & I anticipate a much better ride home.

We are keeping well & sincerely hope Babs & yourself are doing likewise, hoping this epistle will be of interest & I’m sorry the book I had of early days in the home for years many incidents I could vouchsafe for, was borrowed by some nurse & we have never seen it since.

Trusting to hear from you soon.
& with love from us all
Your affect Dad

Also on first page:

P.S. Our house has undergone a change lately so that has largely contributed to the delay.


Acknowledgements:
• Rick Smith, Launceston Tasmania, Australia
• Grace Deason, Morphett Vale, Adelaide, South Australia
• Joyce Tuohey, Quambatook, Victoria, Australia
• Venus Free, Quambatook, Victoria, Australia
• Billy Warburton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
• Mavis Coghlan, Upper Swan, Western Australia, Australia
• Maureen Ward, Southlake, Western Australia, Australia
• Marie Deason, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia
• Leonie Ackley, Como, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
• Richard (Dick) Deason, Moliagul, Victoria, Australia
• Darrel J Waight, Concord West, New South Wales, Australia

References:
Births, baptisms, marriages, deaths & burials (Aust):
• West Australian, 15 November 1988, Death Notices, p ? (ref - D_Doc_#023)
• Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Vic), 2001, Historical Index (1855-1920), extract for Deason (ref - D_Doc_#106)
• Greg Campbell, 2000, Western Australian records for Deason (births, deaths, burials & marriages) (ref - D_Doc_#130)
• Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (WA), 1988, Death certificate, George Wilfred Deason (ref - D_Doc_#143)
• Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Vic), 1884, Birth certificate, Ada Cornford Opie (ref - D_Doc_#161)
• B M Jackman, 2003, Bendigo Advertiser Personal Notices 1881-1895, Vol 2, p 106 (ref - D_Doc_#173)
• Luke, Tom, Libby, Ian & Pat Belmont, 2008, Eaglehawk historic cemetery, Bendigo: monumental section headstones, extract 18 August 2009 for Deason (ref - D_Doc_#244, 2009 - #9, 12, 13 & 38)
• Society of Australian Genealogists, 2008, Australasian Genealogical Computer Index, extract for Deason (ref - D_Doc_#250)
• Greg Campbell, 2009, Registrar Generals Office (Identity Services) (NZ), 2009), New Zealand Births – 1840-1909 - Opie (ref - D_Doc_#317)
• General Register Office (UK), 1931, Index to Marriages registered October, November, December, pp 45 & 259 (ref – D_Doc_#577)
• General Register Office (UK), 1910, Index to Births registered January, February, March, p 25 (ref – D_Doc_#578)
• Western Australia, 19?? - Marriage indexes 1906-1965
• Genealogical Society of Western Australia , 19??, Western Australian newspapers - marriage indexes – 1897-1920
• Genealogical Society of Western Australia , 19??, Western Australian newspapers - death & burial indexes 1906-1911
Family trees & history:
• Billy Warburton, 1969, Deason Family Tree (ref - D_Doc_#015)
• probably Venus Free (nee Deason), c1967, Deason Family Tree (ref - D_Doc_#016)
• Venus Free (nee Deason), c1940, Deason Family Tree (ref - D_Doc_#017)
• Rick Smith, 2005, Deason Family Tree (ref - D_Doc_#136)
• John Edward Deason, 1938, Correspondence, to George Wilfred Deason (ref - D_Doc_#190)
• George Wilfred Deason, 30 August 1986, Correspondence, to Mr Davis (ref - D_Doc_#191)
Shipping & immigration:
• Greg Campbell, Aug 2008, Western Australia Shipping Arrivals, extract for Deason and related families, from: Genealogical Society of Western Australia, 1993, Albany Shipping Arrivals, Overseas (1900-1925); Interstate (1873-1924); Fremantle Shipping Arrivals; Overseas (1829-1890), Interstate (1885-1908); Interstate & Overseas (1898-1925); Esperance Shipping & Overland Arrivals (1839-1890); WA General Ships Index (1829-1890) & Public Records Office (UK), 2008, Outward Passengers UK (1890-1960) (ref - D_Doc_#237)
• findmypast.com, 2008 & Public Register Office (UK), 2002, Passenger lists leaving UK 1890-1960, extract for Deason (ref - D_Doc_#249)
• West Australian, 9 November 1896, under Shipping Intelligence, p 4 (D_Doc_#268-#469)
• Ancestry.com, 2009, Incoming Passenger Lists & Records, 1878-1960, extract for Deason & Public Register Office (UK), 1959, UK Incoming Passenger List, for Iberia (ref - D_Doc_#294)
• Ancestry.com, 2009, Incoming Passenger Lists & Records, 1878-1960, extract for Dearson & Public Register Office (UK), 1928, UK Incoming Passenger List, for Orama (ref - D_Doc_#308) (ref - D_Doc_#308)
Other information:
• Times (London), 14 January 1937, Broadcasting – Home Stations, p 24 (ref - D_Doc_#021)
• Times (London), 23 May 1933, under Invalids, p 14, (ref - D_Doc_#022)
• Author unknown, 6 August 1896, The Finding of the “Welcome Stranger” – A Historical Nugget (ref - D_Doc_#029)
• Peter Butler, 1965, In what was once a sailmakers loft in Penzance … Sapphrite ring the changes, published in The Fishing Tackle Dealer, October 1965, pps 14 & 15, (ref - D_Doc_#079)
• James Oats, 7 December 1964, Correspondence, to George Deason (ref - D_Doc_#177)
• Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain, 1937, Certificate of Membership for Mr G W Deason (ref - D_Doc_#178)
• Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain, 1937, membership & subscription receipt (ref - D_Doc_#179)
• Author unknown, 1956?, Summary of George Deason’s career (probably a notice circulated to BBC staff) (ref - D_Doc_#184)
• Ron Reed, 1969, Gold town relives its past, publication unknown (ref - D_Doc_#189)
• Gavin Casey & Ted Mayman, 1964, The Mile that Midas Touched – The Story of Kalgoorlie from 1893 – 1968, extract titled, Setting up house (from display panel, Super Pit, Boulder, WA (ref - D_Doc_#193)
• Author unknown, about 1911, Face and Mind Readings (2), transcription & commentary, Grace Deason, 196? (ref - D_Doc_#204)
• Argus, 21 November 1921, under University of Melbourne – Australian Music Examination Board, p 10, (ref - D_Doc_#268-#538)
• Author unknown, 1869, Largest Nugget in the World, The Welcome Stranger, published in Dunolly & Betbetshire Express, 12 February, 1869 (ref - D_Doc_#269)
• Commonwealth Electoral Office, 1901, 1906, 1916, 1925, 1936, 1937, 1943 & 1949, Electoral Roll for Boulder, WA (ref - D_Doc_#290)
• Western Australian, 1898, Post Office Directory
• Joyce Tuohey, 2005, Correspondence
• Darrell J Waight, 2006, Correspondence
• Mavis Coghlan, Maureen Ward, Marie Deason, 2006 – Discussions, Moliagul (150th Anniversary of Discovery of Gold, Dunolly)
• Leonie Ackley, 2007, Discussions
• Greg McKerlie, 2007, Discussions regarding silverplating (EPNSA1)
• Grace Deason, 2006, 2008, Correspondence
• Grace Deason, 2009, Discussions
Notes for Louisa Ann (Annie) (Spouse 1)
Birth: 1874/9892.5

Louisa's parents were George Robins Opie (born about 1847, Gwennap, Cornwall, died 26 February 1910, Eaglehawk, buried Eaglehawk and Jessie Rebecca Head (born 1858, London, died 14 August 1927, East Melbourne, buried Eaglehawk). They were married 19 November 1873, Thames, New Zealand and had at least 7 children:
- Louisa Ann Opie - born 1874, New Zealand
- Grace Rebecca Opie - born 1877, probably New Zealand
- John Thomas Opie - born 1879, probably New Zealand
- Laura Jessie Opie - born 1881, Talbot, Vic
- Ada Cornford Opie - born 2 November 1884, Kirkwood St, Eaglehawk, Vic
- William Opie – born 1887, Bendigo [Sandhurst], Victoria
- George Ormond Leslie Opie – born 1897, Eaglehawk, Bendigo, Victoria

At the time of Ada's birth in 1884, her father George was noted as a miner.2

Annie Deason had returned to Bendigo sometime before her son, John’s, death on 25 May 1905 at Eaglehawk. His burial record indicated that he came from Pegleg Gully. Whether his father, Jack, had also returned from Western Australia with them, or stayed on at the Kalgoorlie (Boulder) mines, is not known. Jack was noted as an engine driver at the time of son John’s death.2
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