John Edward Dawson was a photographer who emigrated to New Zealand.
He was born in 1869 in Linthwaite, the son of manufacturing chemist Sam Dawson and his wife Sarah. The family was residing at Casson's Buildings in Milnsbridge by 1871.
By 1891, he was working as a photographer in Milnsbridge.
By 1897, he had married Margaret Moore Hatton and was living in Manchester. Within a couple of years, he had moved to Co. Antrim, Ireland.
By 1911, the family had emigrated to New Zealand where he initially continued to work as a photographer. However, by 1914, he had become the local Inspector of Nuisances in the Westland district of West Coast, New Zealand. He later became a commercial traveller.
He died aged 70 in 1939 and was buried in Rangiora Cemetery, Cantebury, New Zealand. His wife, Maragret, died in 1945 and was buried with him.