Thanks for your post.I found two marriages for an Edward J Dawes - in 1896 to May Dwyer and in 1915 to Olive C Jackson.
My Great Grandfather is Edward John Dawes, who I understand married 2/3 times so I wondered if the 1896 marriage was the missing marriage for my EJ Dawes.However this EJ Dawes is not my ancestor.I had wondered as my EJ Dawes left NZ after the death of his first wife in 1891 and I understand went to South Africa, but can find no evidence that he did so except for two napkin rings, and then Australia.
The two silver napkin rings have a marking on it of 1901 and a sticker inside the box "M Davids & Son, Jewellers, Dutoitspan Road, Kimberley". One napkin ring has "Val" engraved on it and "Tommy" on the other.These have been handed down the family.I have been checking out the Jackson family to see if there is any link to family members.
Edward John Dawes' death certificate states that he was married to Olive Clara Jackson so the 1915 marriage is the correct one.It also states that he lived in Western Australia for 45 years and Victoria 3 years but I am not sure about this given that he married Olive in Sydney in 1915.
There is no mention in the 1939 Melbourne death notice for EJ Dawes that he had two daughters; Edith and Eleanor Dawes in NZ.Both were married at the time of his death.The death cert does not refer to any other children.
My next step is to check whether either or both of them left a Will to see if this can advance my research further.
I am trying to find out as much as I can about EJ Dawes and his life as he appears to be a bit of a rolling stone and who Val and Tommy might be - are they relatives?