Vale Arthur Daw, descendant of Kangaroo Island pioneers

REGULAR VISITORS: Arthur Daw and his wife Kay enjoyed visiting Kangaroo Island each year for the KI Racing Carnival.
REGULAR VISITORS: Arthur Daw and his wife Kay enjoyed visiting Kangaroo Island each year for the KI Racing Carnival.

Kangaroo Island identity Arthur Daw died peacefully on June 1, two weeks short of his 93rd birthday.

His funeral service was held in Adelaide on June 6.

Arthur was born in Alberton on June 12, 1925 and was the only child of Una and Wickham Daw.

Shortly thereafter his parents moved back to Kangaroo Island.

In those early days his father made a living cutting Yakka gums.

The family lived in Dauncey Street in the house that is now known as Century 21’s business premises. Arthur only sold the house about nine years ago.

His grandfather, also known as Arthur, built that house in early 1900 and also owned most of the land between Kingscote and Brownlow.

His great grandparents, the Calnan family, were among the first settlers on Kangaroo Island.

The Daw family owned the Hope, Faith and Charity cottage properties and Arthur in 1969 donated Hope Cottage to National Trust for the relocation of the museum.

Arthur joined the Australian Navy when he was 18 and after four years on frigates and destroyers, he returned to Adelaide to gain an economics degree at the University of Adelaide.

He went on to have a career in various government departments, including education and finance.

The 1914 Kingscote Football Cub premiership team: Back: Harry Giles, Leo Lamphrey, S. Warne, Alf Trinsdorf, Fred Jones, Cyril Carter, Bill Murray, A. Forsyth, R. Carter. Middle: Hugh Snelling, T. Thomas, Charlie Anderson Sr., Wick Daw, Dave Murray, Oscar Scherer, Vic Boothey, F. Burdon, (white shirt - unknown). Front: Mervyn Smith, Wilf Northcott, Dave Clark, Hartley Daw, Wally Bowman. Photo and names courtesy the late Jim Tiggemann.

The 1914 Kingscote Football Cub premiership team: Back: Harry Giles, Leo Lamphrey, S. Warne, Alf Trinsdorf, Fred Jones, Cyril Carter, Bill Murray, A. Forsyth, R. Carter. Middle: Hugh Snelling, T. Thomas, Charlie Anderson Sr., Wick Daw, Dave Murray, Oscar Scherer, Vic Boothey, F. Burdon, (white shirt - unknown). Front: Mervyn Smith, Wilf Northcott, Dave Clark, Hartley Daw, Wally Bowman. Photo and names courtesy the late Jim Tiggemann.

His father Wickham Daw was born in 1892 and is pictured in the Kingscote Football Club 100 Great Years book on page 38, when he captained the Kingscote team to the 1914 premiership.

Arthur Daw and his wife Kay.Regular were regular visitors to the Island, especially for the Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival.

Mrs Daw said they came to almost every carnival for 30 or 40 years, until 2018 when he had become too ill.

He also used to come back to the Island to keep an eye on his Dauncey Street house. 

She said she planned to scatter some of Arthur’s ashes in the vicinity of Hope Cottage.

“He loved the Island and I’m going to scatter some of his ashes on his land up near the museum,” she said.

The family also hopes to have a race named in his honour at the next KI Racing Carnival, she said.

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