Brian Watson, Aid and Agricultural Project Manager

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

Lizzie Watson & Captain Jim Ferrier

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

“Watsons Crags”, Snowy Mountains & Prof. Archie Watson.

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.

Tintaldra – Station, Store & Hotel

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

Sidney Watson’s honeymoon, North to Alaska & Canada

Philip Sidney "Sid" Watson married Annie Lister, somewhere in Queensland, in January 1898. Annie was 31 years old and a suffragist with a BA from the University of Melbourne and Sidney was 39 years old. (there is also some suggestion that she may have been a nurse prior to attending university – Lew Blackmore re-called … Continue reading Sidney Watson’s honeymoon, North to Alaska & Canada

The Indian Princess Mystery and Lt Gen Archibald Watson

Lt Gen Henry Archibald Watson and His First Wife? 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 Gregory Downs in … Continue reading The Indian Princess Mystery and Lt Gen Archibald Watson

The Watson Bros of “Merluna”, Cape York.

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.

Lew Blackmore & Gregory Downs

From The Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach, “Unsung Heroes”, as submitted by L. K. Blackmore Lewis Kinleside BLACKMORE, b. 15th February 1917, Sydney NSW, d. 6th November 1995, Buderim QLD Lewis Kinleside Blackmore inherited `Gregory Downs Station' from his grand uncles, the Watson Brothers, in 1943 and held it for a period of 36 years … Continue reading Lew Blackmore & Gregory Downs

Tooma Station, Upper Murray

Harry Frederick Watson married Katherine “Katie” Robertson from Swan Reach, SA on the 12th July 1892. He managed the property “Tintaldra”, on the Murray River, following the death of his father Sidney Grandison Watson and when it was sold to the Donald Mackinnon of Melbourne in 1910 he then bought “Tooma Station” in NSW from … Continue reading Tooma Station, Upper Murray

The Landsborough Tree on Gregory Downs

In 1861 William Landsborough, searching for Burke & Wills, found and named the Gregory River, after the Queensland Surveyor General, on Tuesday 19th November 1861. "It is the finest and greenest looking inland river I have seen in Australia". A couple of days later, just prior to discovering and naming Macadams Creek, Landsborough marked a … Continue reading The Landsborough Tree on Gregory Downs