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Obituary: George Dalcam #AtoZChallenge

April 17, 2021

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is an annual challenge put out to bloggers, to publish a post from A-Z, every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Participants can post on a chosed theme or just do random posts with no theme at all. The themeI have chosen for 2021 is Newspaper Articles About My Family Found in Trove. Trove is the electronic archive for newspapers, books, magazines, photos and much more.

George Dalcam

From: The Chronicle, Adelaide S.A., August 24, 1907, page 29


Mr. George Dalcam died on August 10 at Hindmarsh, at the age of 85 years. He was born in Jersey, but his parents came from Scotland. Having served his time at time at the trade of a shipwright he decided on a seagoing life, which he followed for 30 years.

For many years he was in the P. & O. service as a quarter master. He was on a steamer engaged in the British service, trading between England and Russia during the Crimean war, and for a long period was on one of the P. & O. boats running between the old country and Australia. After leaving the P. & O. service, he went to Victoria, arriving there in 1861m and three vears later he came to South Australia. He lived at Port Adelaide and Hindmarsh for several years. Mr. Dalcam had worked on the railways in the permanent way department 18 years, when he left the service in 1896 . Since then he had been poundkeeper at Hindmarsh. Mr. Dalcam was twice married, and he left a daughter by his first wife and 13 grand children. His second wife survives him.

THE LATE MR. G. DALCAM. (1907, August 24). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 – 1954), p. 29. Retrieved February 9, 2021, from

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  1. A terrific obituary and a great photo.

  2. Trove obituaries are great sources of genealogical information.
    Have you been able to find further mention of George on Trove?

  3. mollyscanopy permalink

    That P & O job must have been a handy one to have — putting George among the few who could regularly go back and forth. An excellent, descriptive obituary.

  4. Such a dapper photo of him in that hat. Great find

  5. Don’t you just love an obit that gives a great history AND a photo! He certainly had an interesting life.

  6. Susan Dalcom permalink

    Have not been able to find any trace of his parents before Jersey

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