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William Dean

Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: September 09, 1896 (66)
Campbelltown, Campbelltown City Council, South Australia, Australia
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Dean and Eliza Dean
Husband of Esther Theyer Dean
Father of Brigadier-General George Henry Dean
Brother of Elizabeth Giles

Occupation: Stock Agent, Farmer
Immigration to Australia: Free Settler "Surrey" 1838
Migration to South Australia: "Surrey" 1838
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About William Dean

William Dean


Died Suddenly. On Tuesday Mr. William Dean, the principal of the firm of William Dean & Son, the well known stock and station agents, was in his office apparently in the best of health. He proceeded to his suburban residence, "Alpha," at Campelltown, after transacting his business and remained there still to all appearances in his usual health. Mrs. Dean had only just returned from Angaston that day. At about 10 o'clock Mr. Dean retired to his bedroom and shortly afterwards complained to his wife of feeling unwell. A severe vomiting fit prostrated him and after half an hour's illness he fell back in his bed and died. Two years ago Mr. Dean had a serious illness, and upon his recovery the medical gentlemen who attended him informed the relatives that his heart was in such a condition that he might at any time have a fatal seizure. For over 35 years Mr. Dean had been in business in the city formerly in conjunction with his brother-in-law, Mr. E. Laughton, but latterly with his son, Mr. George Dean, who is a well known cavalry officer. At one time he was engaged in pastoral pursuits, but for years he has been interested in the agency business only. The deceased gentlemen married a Miss Gardner, of Ashbourne, and eight sons and daughters are still living. Major Dean is the eldest son, the next being Mr. Charles Dean. Mrs. C. H. Angas, of Angaston. Mrs. Glen Legoe (WillcoK & Co., Currie-street) and Mrs. A. E. Ross, of Highbercombe, are daughters, and there are two unmarried daughters. Few men were gifted with such an affectionate disposition as Mr. Dean. He was one of the most kind hearted and lovable men who ever walked and his death will be very sincerely regretted not only by those who knew him well, but also by those who had only met him casually. To meet him was to like him and knowing him well was akin to loving him. The funeral will take place tomorrow.

THE LATE MR. WILLIAM DEAN. (1896, September 9). The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922), p. 2 (ONE O'CLOCK EDITION). Retrieved October 14, 2016


At St. Matthew's Church, Kensington, where the late Mr. William Dean used to attend service and with which he had identified himself ever since the church was built, the Rev. W. A. Swan on Sunday morning last referred to the decease of this gentleman. Prior to preaching the sermon he said that they had met that morning under sad circumstances, as a very familiar figure was absent from their midst. One who only on the previous Sunday occupied his usual place was now no more. He had been connected with the church from its commencement and had always taken a warm interest in its welfare. The suddenness of his death had come as a great shock to the congregation as well as to the community, for he was a man who during the long period of his sojourn in the colony had made a large circle of friends.

His regularity of attendance at the church was very noticeable, as until his illness he seldom was absent, though living such along distance away. His face would be missed, and he felt sure that he was only saying what all would wish him to say from that pulpit when he said that they all most deeply sympathised with the widow and family in then severe bereavement, and trusted that they would be sustained by the Father of All in the comfort which He alone can give. During the service suitable hymns were sung, and the organist of the church (Mr. E. S. Hall) played the " Dead march" at its conclusion.

THE LATE MR. WILLIAM DEAN. (1896, September 16). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 6. Retrieved October 14, 2016

DEAN Henry, Eliza PERRY, Eliza(beth), Chas, Hy, Wm, Alice, Sarah arrived in SA 1838-10-11 aboard Surry (Surrey) from London

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William Dean's Timeline

February 26, 1830
Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
June 29, 1859
Campbelltown, Campbelltown City Council, South Australia, Australia
September 9, 1896
Age 66
Campbelltown, Campbelltown City Council, South Australia, Australia