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"Sir John Lawrence" (Ship) - Colonists to South Australia in 1863

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  • Michael de Dear (1835 - 1920)
    Captain Michael De Dear , who died recently at Port Pirie, was one of the pioneers of the town. He was 86 years of age and was a native of Crete. He came to Australia when little more than a youth. Dur...
  • Ellen Gertrude Bilney (1862 - 1924)
    Ellen Gertrude Dyer was born in 1862 in England, United Kingdom the daughter of Christofer (Christy) Dyer and Letitia Lewis. She married Charles Bilney and passed away on January 20th 1924 aged 62.
  • Letitia Rehn (c.1834 - 1897)
    Letitia Lewis Arrived in South Australia in 1863 with Lettitia Lewis ship Sir John Lawrence , 700 tons, Captain Ellery, from London 20th August, Plymouth 5th September, 1863 arrived at Port Adelaid...
  • Christofer (Christy) Dyer (aft.1830 - 1874)
    Christofer "Christy" Dyer Arrived in South Australia in 1863 with Lettitia Lewis ship Sir John Lawrence , 700 tons, Captain Ellery, from London 20th August, Plymouth 5th September, 1863 arrived at ...
  • Mary Ann Duthy (1857 - 1912)
    Arrived in SA on the ship John Lawrence in 1863. The Ships List Memorials placed in the Adelaide Advertiser News Paper: Saturday 20 December 1913 SPICER (nee Duthy).-Just a token of love to the m...

The ship Sir John Lawrence, 700 tons, Captain Ellery, from London 20th August, Plymouth 5th September, 1863 arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 14th December 1863

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Obituary of passengers on the voyage

Captain Michael De Dear, who died recently at Port Pirie, was one of the pioneers of the town. He was 86 years of age and was a native of Crete. He came to Australia when little more than a youth. During the early years of his residence in the State his home was at Port Augusta, where he owned several sailing craft. In 1872 he removed to Port Pirie, and was for many years in the coastal shipping trade in Spencer Gulf. At one time he possessed considerable means, but he sustained a severe stroke of ill fortune in having his vessel, the Mercury, when loaded with flour, run down and sunk by a steamer. Neither the Mercury nor the cargo was insured. A few years ago Captain De Dear, with the members of his family (his wife died several years ago), removed to Sydney, but he returned here and remained at Port Pirie until his death. He was a foundation member of the Port Augusta Foresters' Lodge, and had been a member of Court Pirie for upwards of 47 years. He was a foundation member of the Port Pirie Pioneers' Association. He left six sons (Messrs. C. De Dear, Port Adelaide; B. De Dear, Port Broughton; Hector De Dear, Pirie South: and Leo, Claim, and (Clem, De Dear, New South Wales) and four daughters (Mesdames West, Norwood; H. M. Pimlott, Pirie South, and Misses Clythe and Gwen De Dear, New South Wales). There are 14 grandchildren.

Obituary. (1920, June 26). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved January 29, 2016

Further research has revealed that Michael's real name was Miltiades Bidzanis/Bidzanakis - Michael De Diar - a very interesting read...

He signed on to the ship Sir John Lawrence for Australia. He arrived in Port Adelaide on Friday 30 August 1861 and a few days later he signed off the ship, in this way becoming only the second recorded Greek in South Australia.

In Port Pire, he married Elizabeth J.M., whose surname is unknown, but who was reputedly a French migrant, she was forty-one years old when she died on 27th January 1876. and she bore him three sons. Very little information has survived about this marriage, or about their children, except that two of the sons were named Ernest Charles and Harilaos Richard, while for the third we know only the initials C.E.H.

16 May 1878, Bidzanis remarried, this time to Florence Edith Mary Davidson a twenty-one year old Australian-born woman from Geelong, Victoria who bore him 10 children:

Athena Ellen (d. 1967), Cleopatra Emily (d. 1975), Cleanthe (Clyanthe) Edith (d. 1970), Constantine Theophilos (d. 1971), Demetrios Harilaos (d. 1974), Hector John (d. 1959), Leonidas George (d. 1963), the twins Clarence Andreas Themistocles (d. 1966) and Clement Spynidon Miltiades (d. 1974), and Gwendolin Olga (d. 1974) named after the then Queen of Greece, Olga.

Port Pirie Cemetery

  • DE DEAR, Elizabeth J M
  • DE DEAR, Hector John & Lillian Maude
  • DE DEAR, Norah
  • DE DEAR, Royston Hector & Audrey Violet

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  • Very rough voyage.

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