James Donaldson Watson as a twenty year old, prior to embarking on his journey to Australia. This photo was kindly provided by Anne Steel, his great grand-daughter.
James Donaldson Watson was born on 29 Oct 1833 in Cellardyke, Fife. He was baptized on 18 December 1833 in Kilrenny, Fife. He died on 15 April 1914 in Rochester, Victoria, Australia.
James Donaldson Watson arrived in Victoria on board the “Oliver Lang” in September 1854. An interesting account of the voyage can be found here: Papers and Correspondence of William Stanley Jevons
James Donaldson Watson and Catherine Fogarty were married on 20 July 1859 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. According to their marriage certificate Catherine was born on 25 March 1840 in Kings County (County Offaly), Ireland. She died on 18 August 1921 in Rochester, Victoria, Australia. This photo of their family was taken about 1910.
James Donaldson Watson, his wife Catherine Fogarty and their eight children and Michael O’Brien in Victoria Australia about 1910.
Standing L to R William James, Vice Versa Catherine and/or Jane , Thomas, Margaret, Bridget (Snout) and Julia (killed in Rochester train and buggy collision 1912)
Front Seated L to R Michael O’Brien (blinded in accident when building bridges in Winchelsea),Watson Pioneer and Patriarch James Donaldson Watson born Fifeshire Scotland buried Pinegrove, his wife Catherine Fogarty born Kings County buried Pinegrove and Alexander (with one leg) next to his mother.
Margaret born 1865 died 1943 married Thomas Brereton 1893, had 6 children
Julia born 1867 died 1912(killed in buggy/train accident) married John Murphy 1899, 0 children
Jane born 1870 died 1952 married Thomas O’brien 1894, 12 children
Catherine born 1873 died 1934 married Eldred Cox 1902, 3 children
Bridget born 1875 died 1966 married Daniel McAuliffe 1912, 3 children
William James Watson married Catherine Quigg. four children, buried Rochester 1962
Thomas Watson married Margaret Egan, four children, buried September 1929 Pine Grove
Alexander Watson unmarried buried Pine Grove June 1929
Thomas Watson (son of James Donaldson) with wife Margaret (nee Egan) and their four children about 1904-06.
|Thomas Watson (holding Rita)and family, Alexander Hugh on the left.|
From Left Alexander Hugh age 8-10, his Father Thomas age 41-43 nursing Margaret Rita Mary (Rita) age 4-6, Catherine (Katie) age 15-17, his mother Margaret Egan age 34-36 and James Alexander Donaldson (JD) age 13 – 15.
Later on, maybe 1920s:
|Beanleigh, Tennyson 1919|
Back row: Thomas with Rita his sons Alexander Hugh (Sandy) and James Donaldson (Jimmy).
Front row: Aunty Katie & Hubert GLADMAN, Aunty Annie (nee SLATTERY) (Thomas’ 2nd wife), Thomas’ mother Catherine FOGARTY/Watson, Monica MCAULIFFE, Bridget MCAULIFFE (Thomas’s sister), Jackie MCAULIFFE, Maurice & Elsie May WATSON (nee FULLERTON), Don’s Mother, the photo was taken about late 1919 early 1920, Maurice was born Nov 1918, he looks about 12 months old.
Catherine FOGARTY died in 1921. The photo was taken at “Beenleigh” which is about one mile south of the “Rockleigh” property.
Portaits of Thomas Watson and wife Margaret (Egan)
|Thomas and Margaret Watson|
James Alexander Donaldson Watson and Elsie May Fullerton on their wedding day 30 January 1918:
|James and Elsie Watson|
Alexander Hugh Watson and Florence Jean Watson on their wedding day 25 October 1925:
|Alex and Jean Watson|
A few of the clan about 1940.
|Alexander Watson, second from the left, Ruth Stewart (Nanny) far right.|
Others in the above photo: Back row; Rupert Watson in the hat, Tom Gladman and Bruce Watson. Middle Row: Man in dark suit (unknown), Alex Watson, Herbert Gladman and Rob Stewart. Bottom Row: Ian (Tiny) Watson, Beryl Fiedler (Watson), Marjorie Elliott (Gladman) in front of Herbert, Elaine Lawrence (Watson), Nellie Mitchell (Gladman) and Ruth Stewart (Nanny)
Watson Family Reunion, White Hills gardens about 1971
|Watson Re-union 1971|