John was born at Donhead, Wiltshire, England in 1840 and in the Registration Quarter of Jan-Feb-Mar in 1840 at the Registration District of Tisbury County
Wiltshire, England and was a son of John Dewey and Frances Anne Harris and prior to coming to New Zealand his occupation was a Car Valet at St Margaret, London, Middlesex, England and along with Matilda age 31 Emigrated to New Zealand in 1871 at age 30.
He arrived at Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand on Feb 2 1872 age 31. He married Matilda Bonynge at St Peter, Dublin, Ireland on 15 October 1863 at Dublin, Ireland. They had eight children. He is buried at the Linwood Cemtery after his death in 1905 and is with his wife Matilda
↑ "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2NS3-F39 : 1 October 2014), John Oliver Dewey, 1840; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Tisbury, Wiltshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.