Dickens, Alfred Tennyson

LECTURER (ENGLAND)
BORN 28 Oct 1845, London: 1 Devonshire Terrace - DIED 2 Jan 1912, New York City, New York: Astor Hotel
REAL NAME Dickens, Alfred D'Orsay Tennyson
GRAVE LOCATION New York City, New York: Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, Riverside Drive 770 (Between 153th and 155th Street)

Fourth son of Charles Dickens. His godfathers were Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Count Alfred D'Orsay. He was educated at Boulogne-sur-Mer before he attended Brackenbury's Military School in Wimbledon. But he failed his exam for the Army and he worked for two years in a China House in London. In June 1865 he emigrated to Australia. Not much later his brother Edward followed him to Australia.

He soon found work in Australia and after his father's death in 1870 he bought Wangagong Station near Forbes. In 1874 he became a station agent in Hamilton, Victoria. In Toorak, Victoria, he married Augusta Jessie Devlin (1849-1878) who was known as The Belle of Melbourne. They had two daughters, Kathleen and Violet. But Jessie died in 1878 after a carriage accident.

He moved to Melbourne where he started EBL Dickens and Partners together with Edward. In 1888 he married Emily Riley (1863-1913), but is was an unhappy union without children. After his finances worsened he started lecturing on his father in Australia. In 1910 he started lecturing in Europe and in the USA. He became the Vice President of the Dickens Fellowship.

In 1912 he was a guest of honour when the 100th birthday of Dickens was celebrated in America. When he was in the lobby of the Astor Hotel in New York on 2 Jan 1912 he suddenly felt unwell and went to bed. He died at 5.15 pm in the afternoon. His sister Kate Perugini was contacted and it was decided that he would be buried in New York. On 14 Apr 1912 he was buried at the Trinity Church Cemetery. A permanent headstone was placed on the grave in 1935.

Family
• Father: Dickens, Charles John Huffham
• Sister: Dickens, Kate Macready
• Brother: Dickens, Charles Culliford Boz
• Sister: Dickens, Mary
• Brother: Dickens, Henry Fielding

Sources
Alfred D'Orsay Tennyson Dickens - Wikipedia

Images

The grave of Alfred Tennyson Dickens at Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, New York City.
Picture by Androom (17 Apr 2010)

 


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Published: 6 Jun 2010
Last update: 6 Jun 2010