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Mason and stationholder. Educated at Tunbridge Wells in Kent, at a private school of Reverend W. C Sawyer, later bishop of Armidale and Grafton. Attended lectures at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Arrived in Australia in 1869. Worked at Momba station near Wilcannia; bought shares in Yanda station near Bourke, but lost heavily through bad seasons. Appointed government inspector of runs in the Bourke District in 1886.
Alderman of Bourke Council.
Son of Charles Dickens, English novelist. Married Constance Desailly in 1880.