Henry and Elizabeth immigrated to the British colony of South Australia in 1830s.
They came via their own ship the Abeona, which was captained by their son Henry Cowell Hawson.
They were among the first European settlers to the Eyre Peninsula District.
The peninsula was inhabited by the ‘Parnkalla’ aboriginal tribe. There are still members of the tribe living there today.
Eyre Peninsula was first mapped by Matthew Flinders in1802 as part of his mapping the coastline of the whole of Australia (the first European to do so). Because of its many inlets it was chosen to be the capital of the new colony of South Australia. However, when people finally got to SA to settle there was a rival claim for the site of Adelaide to be capital. Adelaide won out in the bureaucratic argy bargy that went on and was established in 1837.
But those heading for Port Lincoln continued on and settled on the peninsula. There were three ships which initially arrived.
The Smiths and Hawsons landed at the site on 19th March,1839. They landed on the Beach now known as Stenross’ Slip. They planted a British flag and fired a canon to mark their arrival.
Their ship, The Abeona, was owned by Henry Hawson and captained by their son, Henry Cowell Hawson.
Henry Hawson took up land near Kirton Point (Port Lincoln area) and began building a house. He wasn’t actually granted land by the government until 25th February, 1841.
Port Lincoln was proclaimed a port on 27th June, 1839.
HENRY HAWSON was the son of Gregory Hawson and Mary Tapley. He was born 6 November 1791 in St. Petrox, Dartmouth, England. He died 24 July 1849 in Port Lincoln, South Australia.
He married ELIZABETH EMLYN COWELL on 9 January 1814 in Saint Saviour, Dartmouth, Devon, England, the daughter of Emlyn Jodrell. She was born about 1795 in Torr, Devon, England, and died 29 September 1875 in Polda, South Australia.
HENRY COWELL HAWSON,
b. 26 October 1814, Dartmouth, Devon, England;
d. 20 December 1882, Payenham, Adelaide, South Australia.
b. 11 November 1817, Mrs. Walter’s house, Dartmouth;
d. 13 November 1902, Enfield, South Australia.
EDWARD COWELL HAWSON,
b. 25 August 1819, St. John’s, New Foundland, Canada;
d. 8 October 1850, Hobart, Tasmania.
THOMAS BOND HAWSON,
b. 29 December 1820, St. John’s, New Foundland, Canada;
d. 1 September 1907, Lake Wangary, Port Lincoln District, South Australia.
JANE JODRELL HAWSON,
b. 12 May 1822, St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.
b. 8 September 1823, St. John’s, New Foundland, Canada;
d. 7 September 1885, Enfield, Adelaide, South Australia.
MARY FRANCES HAWSON,
b. 13 May 1825, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada;
d. 14 October 1914, Burnside, South Australia.
MARY ANN HAWSON,
b. 12 January 1827, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada;
d. 6 August 1898, Enfield, South Australia.
FRANCES TAPLEY HAWSON,
b. 8 August 1828, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada;
d. 5 October 1840, murdered by aborigines at Little Swamp.
b. 6 March 1830, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada;
d. 7 June 1911, Mitcham, South Australia.
b. 26 February 1832, St. John’s, New Foundland, Canada;
d. 30 October 1901, Enfield, Adelaide, South Australia.
b. 30 April 1834, St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada;
EMILIA FIGURADO HAWSON,
b. 28 December 1836, Albany, Western Australia;
d. 29 May 1911, Mitcham, South Australia.