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

The Coffey Affair in Burketown

From the Reminiscences of Robert McGregor "Greg" Watson of "Gregory Downs" A man called Tom Coffey shipped in some stores to Burketown by boat to start another pub. The stores were accompanied by his wife whilst Tom came overland with the horses from Normanton. When Coffey arrived, some months later, he found a most unfavourable … Continue reading The Coffey Affair in Burketown

The Gregory Hotel

In 1882 the Watson’s moved the goods out of their store at Burketown to Gregory Downs to the present site of the Hotel and started a pub and store. This was the spot that they had at first settled and built on when they arrived on the Gregory River but they found that travellers became … Continue reading The Gregory Hotel

The Gregory River

One of the few flowing rivers in Australia, the Gregory River rises from underground limestone springs close to the Northern Territory border, 50 kilometres east of Camooweal and eventually joins the Nicholson River to flow into the Gulf of Carpentaria near Burketown. With a catchment area of some 12,690 square kilometres the mean flow rate … Continue reading The Gregory River