I am searching for my great great grandfather's roots, he was a JOHN DAWSON b 1810 who came to Western Australia on the passenger ship 'Egyptian' 1830 as a young 20 year old and was in the employ of a Mr Agett, another passenger who came out on the same ship. He came without family, although, he is supposedly the SON of a JOSEPH DAWSON.
His emploment was registered as a carpenter and farm hand, possibly from Newbury, Berkshire, UK (as he named his property in W/Aust, 'Newbury') He married a Mary Dooley 1854 (Busselton) off an Irish 'Bride Ship', the Palestine 1853. He died in Western Australia 1887.
Family names often continued through families for many generations, and this could help provide vital clues. His children were Mary Jane, Catherin, Elizabeth, John Joseph, Susan, Rose Anne and Edward. There was also an unknown child who died in infancy. Trades were also often passed on from one family member to another.
If anyone can help trace this line of ancestry back further, it would be greatly appreciated.