Guest Post by Beverley O'Hara Background In October 1876 three Watson brothers left from “Walwa” on the Upper Murray in Victoria, following a survey trip by Greg, one of the brothers, in 1875, to settle on the Gregory River at “Gregory Downs” some 120 kilometres south of Burketown, arriving in August 1877. Two of the … Continue reading Phil Schaffert, Gregory Downs Manager 1931 to 1944
The first of Sydney Grandison “Grandie” and Isabella Watson’s children to marry was Isabella “Emily” who married George Black from Tarwin Meadows (near Inverloch) in Victoria. Isabella Emily Watson The marriage took place at All Saints Church, St Kilda on the 27 th July 1871. Emily was only 20 years of age at the time … Continue reading Emily Watson and George Black
In 1876 the Watson brothers; Harry Frederick Watson, Phillip Sidney Watson and Robert Mc Gregor 'Greg' Watson left from the Upper Murray where their father, Sydney Grandison Watson, owned Walwa and Tintaldra Stations. They brought 900-odd mixed cattle from Dotswood Station and started out for the Upper Diamantina and later the Flinders River. They had … Continue reading Watson Bros & The Gregory Hotel
In October 1876 three Watson brothers left from their father Grandie's property “Walwa” on the Upper Murray in Victoria, following a survey trip by Greg, one of the brothers, in 1875, to settle on the Gregory River at “Gregory Downs” some 120 kilometres south of Burketown, arriving in August 1877. Two of the brothers, Harry … Continue reading Harry Watson and Family
A great grandson of Sydney Grandison Watson of Walwa and Tintaldra on the Upper Murray River, Brian Harvey Watson (1942 to 2014) was a major contributor to the research that went into Norman C Hutchinson's book titled "Grandie" that was about the life and descendants of Sydney Grandison Watson. Brian's proof reading and track changes … Continue reading Brian Watson, Aid and Agricultural Project Manager
On August 16, 1853, Elizabeth Hester “Lizzie”, was born to Sydney Grandison“Grandie” Watson and Isabella, nee Robinson, almost certainly named after Isabella’s late sister, Hester Elizabeth Robinson. Elizabeth Hester “Lizzie” Watson Isabella’s youngest sister, Hester Elizabeth “Hessie” Robinson had drowned on May 15, 1847, whilst out riding with Grandie, when attempting to cross the Hume … Continue reading Lizzie Watson & Captain Jim Ferrier
Professor Archibald Watson Professor Archibald Watson “Grandie” Watson’s fourth child by his first marriage and brother to Sidney, Harry and Greg Watson of Gregory Downs was Professor Archibald Watson an eminent Australian and world famous surgeon and Elder Chair of Anatomy at Adelaide University for 28 years, who had been encouraged by botanist Baron Von … Continue reading “Watsons Crags”, Snowy Mountains & Prof. Archie Watson.
In sight of the majestic Snowy Mountains, Sydney Grandison Watson settled at “Walwa” on the Upper Murray, in 1845. Upper Murray River and bridge to Tooma behind Tintaldra Store “Grandie”, as he was known, was to expand his pastoral holdings on the Upper Murray to around 100,000 acres and became known as the “King of … Continue reading Tintaldra – Station, Store & Hotel
Lt Gen Henry Archibald Watson and His First Wife? Great, great grandfather, Sydney Grandison Watson, also know as “Grandie”, accumulated around 100,000 acres along the Upper Murray River (Then know as the Hume River) near Walwa and Tintaldra and in sight of the majestic Snowy Mountains, before sending three of his sons to settle at … Continue reading The Indian Princess Mystery and Lt Gen Archibald Watson
Not long after the three Watson Bros from Grandie Watson’s first marriage to Isobella Robinson, settled Gregory Downs three of their half brothers from their father’s second marriage to Constance Armstrong also travelled north to seek their fortune on Cape York. Fired by reports brought back by the Jardine Brothers (Frank & Alick) in their … Continue reading The Watson Bros of “Merluna”, Cape York.