Dawson, Richard (Dicky)

Ironmonger who established a foundry near Sydney Cove in 1833 and spent four decades improving process and product despite financial problems. His innovations and transfer of technologies made him an industrial leader of the time.

Milestone
Arrived Sydney
1833
Died
Riverstone
08 Jun 1865
Occupation
Property
Owner of
Owner of
1833 - 1865
Owner of
1849 - 1851
Owner of
1854 - 1855

Richard Dawson's Australian Foundry

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2015

Dawson's Foundry (the Australian Foundry) at George Street and Sydney Cove was the colony's first important iron foundry and a machining and engineering works that operated for four decades. This leading colonial manufactory played an important role in transferring iron trade and engineering technology from England to the Antipodes. Surviving cast iron artefacts represent the industry of the site, which was both a factory and the owner's residence.