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William Dixson (1870 - 1952)

Sir William Dixson
Born in 362, Crown-street, New South Wales, Australiamap
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Died in Chatswood Community Hospital, New South Wales, Australiamap
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PARENTS. Hugh Dixson & Emma Elizabeth (Shaw) Dixson

BIRTH. 18 Apr 1870, 362, Crown-street, New South Wales, Australia

BIRTH. On the 18th instant, at her residence, 362, Crown-street, the wife of Hugh Dixson, junior, of a son.

MARRIAGE. Never married

DEATH. 17 Aug 1952, Chatswood Community Hospital, New South Wales, Australia

DEATH. NSW BDM Death Reg: #16135/1952: DIXSON WILLIAM; Father: HUGH; Mother: EMMA ELIZABETH; District of SYDNEY

DEATH. DIXSON Sir William — August 17, 1952.

OBITUARY. DEATH OF SIR W. DIXSON. Sir William Dixson died at the Chatswood Community Hospital yesterday, aged 82. Sir William presented the nation with a valuable collection of pictures about Australia. These are housed in the Dixson Wing of the Mitchell Library. The collection won him the reputation of being the greatest living collector of Australiana.

Sir William was born in Sydney on April 18, 1870, and was educated at All Saints' College, Bathurst.

TO SCOTLAND. When 19 years old he went to Scotland and served his time as an engineer, returning to Sydney in 1899 and joining the family business of Dixson and Sons Ltd., tobacco merchants.

He became a director of the company and later of the British Australian Tobacco Company Ltd., into which Dixson and Sons was merged. He was also Chairman of Directors of the City Bank of Sydney and treasurer (and later chairman) of the Queen Victoria Home for Consumptives.

Sir William had been collecting for nearly 50 years. In this he followed in the footsteps of his father, Sir Hugh Dixson, who acquired a copy of almost every publication about Australasia. Sir William collected important prints, original manuscripts and pictorial records of historical value.

COOK PORTRAIT. One of the most important additions to the Dixson Gallery is the Hodges portrait of Captain Cook which is considered to be the finest and most accurate of Cook in existence. Besides his gift to the Mitchell Library Sir William gave £2,500 for a University library at the Armidale University College.

He led an active life. When he died he was still a director of several companies, including Timbrol. A bachelor, he lived at Killara and was a member of the Killara Golf Club.


  • Death: NSW BDM Death Reg: #16135/1952

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