STEWART DAWSON DEAD
One of the best-known figures In the business and financial world of the Commonwealth, Mr. David Stewart Dawson died to-day at his home, "Wilga," Wylde-street, Potts Point.
Mr. Stewart Dawson was In his 82nd year, and was born at Liverpool, England, where he worked as a manufacturing watchmaker and Jeweller. He arrived in Sydney 45 years ago, and founded the well-known firm that bears his name. Gradually branches were established at Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin; and in 1910 he established himself at Hatton Garden and later opened the shop in Regent-street, which was to become a landmark for all Australian visitors to London.
His ramifications in city property were on an extensive scale, and although he was a man known for his public benefactions, he was of a quiet and unobtrusive demeanor.
He was reputed to be one of the richest men In the Commonwealth, and during the war made large contributions to varied war efforts, and was a member of many committees. In 1923 he opened the Ambassadors restaurant, which was for many years to be a centre for fashionable Sydney.
Some time ago he disposed of property in King and Pitt streets, Sydney, at the record figure of £777,000.
A widow and three sons (Percy, Norman, and Stuart) and three daughters (Mrs. Bertha Berall, Mrs. Lila Arnold, and Mrs. Vanna Gerrard) are left.
Source: The Sun - 6th August 1932