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Gordon Hugh E

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth c. 1862

Principal occupation Ham and beef shop owner in Murray Street
Date of death 1937
Place of decease Gawler East

Hugh Ernest Gordon and his family were the first to live in Lot 38 Express Street (now 9 Fourteenth Street), moving to Gawler from the Port Adelaide area. When they moved in in 1904, Hugh and wife Ellen ‘Nellie’ (nee Crossman) would have been in their early forties. Their family consisted of son, Edward (6) and daughter, Eva (3), their first two daughters having died in infancy before the family moved to Gawler. It is likely their nephew, Leslie ‘Les’ Blair (15), also lived with them, the family having adopted him after the death of his mother (Nellie’s sister) when he was three.

During his time at Lot 38, Hugh opened “H. E. Gordon The General’s Ham Shop”, a delicatessen and private refreshment room in Murray Street, Gawler (near Lyndoch Road). The shop was a success and ran for many years, even surviving the depression, which many businesses did not.

The success of their business enabled the Gordon family to move from Lot 38 to their own home; ‘Dongara’ at 10 Daly Street, Gawler East, where they lived out the rest of their lives. Son, Edward, died in 1920, aged just 21 years and 10 months, followed by his mother ‘Nellie’ in 1924, aged 62. Daughter, Eva, remained unmarried and cared her father, who died in 1937, aged 75, following a lingering illness of about twelve months. The family left no descendants.

The families adopted son Les moved to Western Australia, where he was working as an engineer, when he enlisted to serve in WWI. He survived the war, returning to WA, where he spent the rest of his life.


GORDON, Hugh Ernest

  • b. c1862
  • m. 1890 CROSSMAN, Ellen (Reg. Adelaide 162/112)
  • d. 8 Oct 1937, aged 75, at his residence ‘Dongara’,10 Daly Street, Gawler East (Reg. Gawler 595/4202)
  • Buried St. George’s Anglican Cemetery (N14 & N15, with son & wife)

CROSSMAN, Ellen ‘Nellie’ (GORDON)

  • b. 1863 (Reg. Adelaide 27/317, father William CROSSMAN & mother Ellen TROUT)
  • d. 22 Jul 1924, aged 62, at Daly Street, Gawler East (Reg. Barossa 472/54), **Buried St. George’s Anglican Cemetery (N14 & N15, with son & husband)

Children of GORDON, Hugh & ‘Nellie’

GORDON, Nellie Augusta

  • b. 1891 (Reg. Port Adelaide 472/336)
  • d. 1891 (Reg. Port Adelaide 193/268)

GORDON, Alice Adelaide

  • b. 1893 (Reg. Port Adelaide 521/222)
  • d. 1893 (Reg. Norwood 215/500)

GORDON, Edward Lindsay

  • b. 1898 (Reg. Port Adelaide 618/433)
  • d. 15 Jan 1920, at ‘Dongara’, 10 Daly Street, Gawler East, aged 21 years & 10 months (Reg. Barossa 435/49)
  • Buried St. George’s Anglican Cemetery (N14 & N15, with mother & father)

GORDON, Eva Eunice

  • b. 1901 (Reg. Port Adelaide 678/181)

BLAIR, Leslie ‘Les’

  • b. 1889 (Reg. Adelaide 431/332, father James BLAIR & mother Adelaide CROSSMAN) Nephew/Adopted son (son of Ellen’s late sister Adelaide BLAIR, nee CROSSMAN, who died 1892)
  • d. 10 Sept 1948, Western Australia

The Critic Souvenir Sep.1906 p2 Hugh E Gordon
The Critic Souvenir Sep.1906 p2 Hugh E Gordon
Murray Street c1890
Murray Street c1890
9 Fourteenth Street
9 Fourteenth Street
10-16 Daly Street
10-16 Daly Street
N14_N15_GORDON_1920_Photo by Brayden and Holly (1)
N14_N15_GORDON_1920_Photo by Brayden and Holly (1)
N14_N15_GORDON_1920_Photo by Brayden and Holly (1)
N14_N15_GORDON_1920_Photo by Brayden and Holly (1)

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