Stephen Dorman
Mary Ann Waters
Stephen Dorman


Family Links

1. Ellen Dawes

2. Emma Jane van den Houten

Stephen Dorman

  • Born: 24 Jul 1830, Hanover Square, London England
  • Christened: 18 Jun 1831, London City, Middlesex England
  • Marriage (1): Ellen Dawes in 1852 in St James C of E, Melbourne, Victoria Australia
  • Marriage (2): Emma Jane van den Houten in 1901 in Victoria Australia
  • Died: 10 Jan 1907, Taradale, Victoria Australia at age 76

  General Notes:


Stephen Dorman, shortly after arriving in Castlemain, Victoria in 1853, built the Criterion Hotel with his brother-in-law George W Dawes. Stephen remained involved in the business until 1858 when he left Castlemain for Fryertown which is located near Dalesford, Victoria.
Stephen and his wife, Ellen then relocated to Taradale, Victoria in 1866 where he is recorded as occupying a premises in High St. Stephen became the agent for "Our Daily News" newspaper. Stephen obtained workas a municipal contractor and was then appointed as Town Clerk for the Taradale Borough. He held this position until 1870/1 at which time the Borough of Taradale ceased to exist and Taradale became part of the Shire of Metcalf. Stephen was then appointed Clerk of courts at Taradale court.and in 1875 was appointed as Assistant Registrar at the Castlemain County Court. He remained in this position until around 1885 when he was superannuated. He then bacame the Mining and Electoral Registrar for Taradale and held these positions until his death. Stephen was an active prominent citizen in Taradale serving as a lay preacher within the Methodist Church, a church librarian, local historian, a Cemetery Trustee and a councilor on the Metcalf Shire Council (1895 - 1897).

Apparently Stephen remarried after the death of his wife and it is believed by some members of the family that his second wife absconded with all his savings which were thought to be not inconsiderable at the time. The 1901 to 1904 rate books identify Stephen as a pensioner.

  Noted events in his life were:

source. & Geoff & Val Wells who writes:
Stephen and Ellen' marriage records tell us that they were living in Melbourne in 1852 however by the birth of their first child in 1854 had relocated to Castlemaine, Victoria. Stephen and Ellen along with a number of their children and grandchildren would become well known identities in Taradale and would become leading business people within the town. Several of their grandchildren would be born in Taradale and would remain their for the remainder of their lives.

Death Certificate Number: 3028.

connection. 140 Merrilyn & Joe Davey are connected to me in this way:

Merrilyn & Joe Davey. . .
Is the granddaughter of . . .
Rose Lindsay (nee White) (c1860)
Who may also be the daughter of . . .
William White (c1830)
Who also had . . .
Mary Jane White (1856) who married George Dorman (1854)
His father was Stephen Dorman (1830) who married Ellen Dawes (1831)
Her father was George Dawes (1802)
His father was Aaron Daw (1779) & he also had Edward Dawes (1813)
He had James Dawes (1843)
He had Annie Dawes (1873) who married Arthur Augustus Bray (1869)
They had Albert Alan Bray (1896)
He had Robert Alfred Bray (1920)
He had Robert Arthur Bray (1947) who married me - Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)

Stephen married Ellen Dawes, daughter of George John Dawes and Eliza Goodsell, in 1852 in St James C of E, Melbourne, Victoria Australia. (Ellen Dawes was born on 3 Mar 1831 in Peasmarsh, East Sussex England, christened on 17 Apr 1831 in Peasmarsh, East Sussex England and died on 3 Apr 1900 in Taradale, Victoria Australia.)

Stephen next married Emma Jane van den Houten in 1901 in Victoria Australia. (Emma Jane van den Houten was born in 1855 in Prahran, Melbourne, Victoria Australia.)

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