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Alexander Watson, Campbellfield one of 105 who signed letter supporting ministry by Rev Peter Gunn. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 10 Aug 1844
Alexander Watson settler River Plenty, Source - 1847 Directory
Anne Clarke Watton - Watson wed Achison French in 1842 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Betty Watson 23 (single woman 25) Domestic Servant RC both Glasgow came 24 Dec 1841 on the Allan Ker
Brothers Watson settler Dundas Ranges, Source - 1847 Directory
Captain Watson master departed from Sydney 7 Dec 1838 from Port Phillip on the Bessy
Captain Watson master Arrived at Sydney 2 Jan 1839 from Port Phillip on 26 Dec, on the Bessy
Captain Watson Departed from Sydney on 13 Feb 1839 for Port Phillip, on the Bessy
Captain Watson Arrived at Sydney on 17 Mar 1839 from Port Phillip on 11 Mar, on the Bessy
Mrs C Watson in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 31 Jan 1843
Mr C Watson sailed 7 June 1844 from Launceston for Port Fairy and Portland Minerva, source local newspapers
Mr D Watson arrived 1 Jun 1840 from Launceston on the Gem
Mr D Watson arrived 18 Feb 1841 at Launceston from Port Phillip, on the Mary
Daniel Watson 36 hus (family 31) Farm servant RC reads Suffolk, came 26 Jul 1841 on the William Metcalfe
Sophia Watson 36 wife of Daniel (family 31) Farm servant, came 26 Jul 1841 on the William Metcalfe
Wm Watson 11 son of Daniel (family 31) Farm servant, came 26 Jul 1841 on the William Metcalfe
Chas Watson son of Daniel aged 2 (family 31) died on the William Metcalfe
Benjamin Watson son of Daniel aged 1 (family 31) died on the William Metcalfe
Daniel Watson and Sophia christened Charles 1846, Sarah Ann 1846, Elizabeth 1847
Daniel Watson settler Moonee Ponds, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr Dr Watson sailed 14 Jan 1840 for Launceston on the Henry
Dr Watson, Cabin cleared 12 July 1843 for London. on the Glenbervie
E - Trustees of E. Watson Original Notice, dated 27th April , 1844 . Re-licensed May 27, 1846.
Elizabeth Watson wed William Ginman in 1840 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Elizabeth Watson Depasturing Licence for Western Port, from 31 July 1843
Elizabeth Watson, County of Bourke depasturing license and Western Port District depasturing license for 1-30 Sept 1844. Source - Port Phillip Herald 15 Nov 1844
Elizabeth Watson, Licensed to depasture stock at County of Bourke Sept 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 3 Nov 1845
Elizabeth Watson died 1847 Female aged 41 at Melbourne
Elizabeth Mrs Watson settler Salt Water River County Bourke, Source - 1847 Directory
Esther Watson wed Lawrence Acherley in 1840 at Church Of England St James, Melbourne
Frederick Watson and Esther christened Elizabeth Jane 1840
Directory 1847 Portland Letters at Post Office Jan
F.W Watson settler Portland, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr G Watson Agent Arrived at Hobart on 8 May 1839 from Port Phillip on the Swan River Packet
Captain G Watson Ship's Master arrived 26-Jan 1840 from Sydney 12 Jan on the Curlew
George Watson Arrived at Port Adelaide on 19 Feb 1839 from Port Phillip, on the Henry Freeling
George Watson wed Helen Heming in 1843 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
George Watson and Janet christened Mary Jackson 1845
George Watson adult came Sep 1847 with 306 on the Joseph Somes Letter at Post-office unclaimed 7 April 1847
Harriet Maria Watton - Watson wed James Moore in 1842 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Mr H Watson arrived at Launceston on 6 Nov 1838 from Portland Bay on the Eagle
Mr H Watson with Mr S Watson (Intermediate) came 8 Jun 1841 on the Frankfield
Mr HB Watson departed 20 Oct 1841 from Launceston for Port Phillip, William Hughes
Henry Watson house Swanson St LaTrobe Ward 225 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
Henry Barton Watson freehold Bourke Lane Gipps Ward 183 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
Henry Barton Watson, a publican before the Supreme Court Fri 15 Mar 1844 had gun stolen by William Phelps. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 16 Mar 1844
Henry Watson Correspondence Western Port Bullengorourke 13 144
J Watson has Convict assigned to him - Joseph Schofield came 1839 on the John Barry is Stephen Matthews came 1839 on the John Barry is Thomas Palmer came 1838 on the William Jardine is Thomas Pitt came 1839 on the Theresa is William Swadling came 1839 on the John Barry is Ferdinand Shakspeare came 1839 on the Theresa is John Cornwall came 1838 on the Neptune is Joseph Flynn came 1837 on the Blenheim
J Watson arrived 12-Feb 1840 from Hobart 1 Feb on the Bandicoot Source - Port Phillip Herald 14 Feb 1840
J Watson, arrived at Port Phillip from Hobart on the brig 'Jean' 8 Jul 1840 - source Port Phillip Herald 10 July 1840
J Watson, foreman jury for Fri 16 Feb 1844. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 24 Feb 1844
James Watson Convict came on the Fairlie 1834, sentence 14 years, granted Ticket of Leave 30 Apr 1840, holder at Portland Police Station
James Watson - convict came on the Fairlee 1834, has not called for his ticket, Ticket of Leave. Source:- Portland Police Magistrate Book, Page 99, 7 Jun 1843
Mr James Watson Arrived at Sydney on 20 Aug 1839 from Port Phillip on 12 Aug on the Martha
James Watson wed Elizabeth Rose in 1840 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
James Watson Keillor Saltwater River Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
James Watson, male wed Mary Buckley 1842 #35392 Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
James Watson settler of Melb. News - New Insolvent who filed his schedules source PPH 14 Feb 1843
James Watson merchant, Melb. News - New Insolvents - source PPH, 21 Feb 1843
James Watson Advert - Insolvents source PPH 7 Mar 1843
James Watson has a Deed of Grant received by Sub-Treasury, and ready for delivery upon payment of the regulated fees, source Melbourne Times, 18 March 1843, page 3, Government Notices
James Watson News - Insolvents source PPH 17 Mar 1843
James Watson in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 29 April 1843
James Watson freehold Collingwood Gipps Ward 183 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
Mrs James Watson in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 30 June 1843
James Watson, House Collingwood The Port Phillip Herald Fri 8 Sep 1843 Burgess in Gipps Ward
James Watson, alias Harry Smith awaiting trial for uttering a forged cheque. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 20 April 1844
James Watson, and John Hunter Insolvent firm trading as "Watson and Hunter". Source - Port Phillip Herald 18 Oct 1844
James Watson, insolvent, to come before the Chief Commissioner on 4 Dec at 11.30am for allowance of his Certificate of Relief, a new law passed in Sydney. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 30 Nov 1844
James Watson, Insolvency Certificate conffirmed. Source - Port Phillip Herald 13 Dec 1844
James Watson, No 8, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 10 Sep 1845
James Watson Directory 1847 Mrs Elizabeth Salt Water River County Bourke
James Watson wed Mary Buckley in 1842 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne V
James Watson 1 Deed of Grant ready when fee is paid 9 Jan 1844
James Watson of Watson and Hunter and ditto (private estate) at 11.30 to be granted Insolvency Certificates Insolvency 27 Nov 1844 , source local newspapers
James Watson List No 11, 30 Nov 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
James Watson Certificate postponed Insolvency 6 Dec 1844 , source local newspapers
James Watson (private estate) Insolvency Certificate granted Insolvency 6 Dec 1844 , source local newspapers
James Watson and Ann christened Ann Eliza 1845
James Watson settler Salt Water River County Bourke, Source - 1847 Directory
James Watson Original Notice, dated 27th April , 1844 . Re-licensed Letters unclaimed at Post-Office, Melbourne 30th April, 1847
James Watson cabinet maker Bourke street, Source - 1847 Directory
Jane Watson, 21 single female House Servant Prot, reads Co Armagh, Bounty arrived 23 Aug 1842 from Greenock on the Manlius
Jane Watson wed James Irvine in 1844 at Presbyterian Campbellfield
Mr J Watson arrived 8-Jul 1840 from Hobart on 25 June on the Jean
John Watson departing 11 Oct 1841 from Launceston for Portland Bay and Port Fairy, on the Fox
Mr John Watson arrived at Port Phillip 10 Feb 1843 from Sydney Tobago
John Watson has a Deed of Grant received by Sub-Treasury, and ready for delivery upon payment of the regulated fees, source Melbourne Times, 18 March 1843, page 3, Government Notices
John Watson house Collingwood also has vote in another Ward Gipps Ward 183 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
John Watson office and stores Market Square also has vote in another Ward Lonsdale Ward 239 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
John Watson Counting house Market Square Burgess in Lonsdale Ward source PPH 8 Sep 1843
John Watson 1 Deed of Grant ready when fee is paid 9 Jan 1844
John Watson List No 4, 30 Apr 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
John Watson cleared 8 July 1844 and sailed 10 July from Melbourne for Hobart arrived 17 July Flying Fish, source local newspapers
John Watson arrived 8 Sep 1844 at Melbourne from Hobart and wreck of the Isabella off Flinders Island Flying Fish, source local newspapers
John Watson arrived 8 Oct 1844 at Melbourne from Launceston 2 Oct 1844 Scout, source local newspapers
John Watson Special Jury impannelled for Fri 22 Nov - News 24 Nov 1844 , source local newspapers
John Watson on a Special Jury was impannelled - News 27 Nov 1844 , source local newspapers
John Watson, of Gipps Ward, signed letter to Henry Moore. Source - Port Phillip Herald 27 Sept 1844
John Watson, summoned for Jury duty, did not attend, so fined 40 shillings Supreme Court Mon 18 Nov 1844. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 23 Nov 1844
John Watson, is there two, same name? sworn in as a Special Constable before His Worship the Mayor 21 Oct 1845 72 enrolled, all publicans exempted. Source - Port Phillip Herald 23 Oct 1845
John Watson, claimed exemption as he did it last year, disallowed, and sworn in as a Special Constable before His Worship the Mayor 21 Oct 1845 72 enrolled, all publicans exempted. Source - Port Phillip Herald 23 Oct 1845
John Watson wed Ellen Charlotte Crook in 1847 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
John Watson Ward Assessors Corporation Lonsdale
John Watson menrchant Great Brunswick st Collingwood, Source - 1847 Directory
Margaret Watson departed from Launceston Mon 9 May 1836 for Port Phillip, on the VanSittart
Maria Watson wed John Williams in 1840 at Church Of England St James, Melbourne
Mary Watson wed Thomas Topp in 1840 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Mary Watson, granted depasturing license for County Bourke, for Jan 1844. Source - Port Phillip Herald 13 Feb 1844
Mary Watson, stockholder, Melbourne new Insolvent liabilities 994 deficiet 46. Source - Port Phillip Herald 19 Aug 1845
Margaret Watson died 16 Mat 1839 aged 51 wife at St James Cathedral, Melbourne
Mr Watson departed from Hobart on 26 Aug 1838 for Port Phillip on the Blossom
Mrs Watson and dau departed from Hobart on 14 Oct 1838 for Port Phillip on the Adelaide
Mr Watson arrived at Launceston on 16 Oct 1838 from Port Phillip on the Perseverance
Mr Watson Arrived at Launceston on 6 May 1839 from Port Phillip on the Pickwick
Miss Watson sailed 23-Jul 1840 for Adelaide on the Joshua Carroll
Mr Watson (Cabin) arrived 6 Feb 1841 on the York
Mrs Watson and family Watson (Cabin) arrived 6 Feb 1841 on the York
Mrs Watson and 3 dau From Adelaide arrived 15 March 1840 from Leith on the Indus
Mr Watson at Melbourne arrived 3 Apr 1841, from Hobart town on the Caroline
Mr Watson on 14 Apr 1841 arrived at Geelong from Melbourne on the Governor La Trobe
Mr Watson, with 147 men, was presented to Sir George Gipps at a Levee, Mon 25 Oct 1841 in his honour. Source - Port Phillip Herald, 26 Oct 1841
Mr and Mrs Watson departed 18 Dec 1841 from Sydney for Port Phillip on the Sea Horse steamer
Mr Watson, arrived 3 Sep 1842 from Leith on the Duke of Richmond
Mr, Mrs Watson, arrived 13 Apr 1843 on the Winscales
Mr Watson Cleared out 10 Jan 1843 from Port Phillip for Launceston via Geelong, Henry
Mr Watson Cleared out 18 Jan 1843 from Port Phillip for Sydney Corsair
Mr Watson Sailed 18 Jan 1843 from Port Phillip arrived Sydney 23 Jan Corsair
Watson and Murdock in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 31 Jan 1843
Mr Watson source CH - arrived at Hobart 2 March from Portland Bay on 24 Feb, the schooner Essington
Mr Watson source CTH - arrived at Hobart 2 March from Portland 24 Feb, Essington
Mr Watson Source LE - Arrived at Launceston 25 April 1838 from Portland, Minerva
Dr Watson Cleared out from Port Phillip 12 July 1843 for London Glenbervie
Watson and Hunter Western District Monthly list of Depasturing Licenses for 1 to 30 Sep 1843
shared Watson Bailey and Wight Depasturing Licence for Portland Bay, from 1 to 30 Sept 1843
shared Watson and Hunter Depasturing Licence for Western Port, from 1 to 30 Sept 1843
Mr and Mrs Watson and 4 chn sailed from Launceston 14 Dec for Port Melbourne Henry
Mr and Mrs Watson and 4 chn arrived at Port Phillip 22 Dec 1843 from Launceston Henry
Mrs Watson and 2 chn arrived 8 Jan 1844 at Port Phillip - departed 5 Jan 1844 from Launceston on the Scout, source local newspapers
Mr Watson arrived 15 June 1844 at Melbourne from Launceston sailed 8 June Henry, source local newspapers
Mr Watson cleared 25 June 1844 and sailed 26 June from Melbourne for Launceston arrived 8 July Henry, source local newspapers
Mr Watson Teacher Roman Catholic Boys have 90 scholars School attendance of children aged (ranges from 2 to 5) up to 14 years of age News 10 Oct 1844 , source local newspapers
Mrs Watson and 5 chn sailed 30 Oct 1844 from Launceston for Portland Minerva, source local newspapers
Mr and Mrs Watson with 4 chn departed 5 Dec 1844 from Launceston for Portland on the Minerva, source local newspapers
Mr and Mrs Watson and 4 chn arrived 30 Dec 1844 at Launceston from Portland on the Minerva, source local newspapers
Ralph Watson witness to wedding of 15 Nov 1838 James Lake and Agnes McFarlane witnesses FW Cobb and Ralph Watson at St James Cathedral, Melbourne
R Watson, Insolvent, to come before the Chief Commissioner at 1.30pm for allowance of his Certificate of Relief, a new law passed in Sydney. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 23 Nov 1844
Robert Watson house Little Collins St Lonsdale Ward 239 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
Robert Watson List No 4, 30 Apr 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
Mr R Watson sailed 16 Aug 1844 from Launceston for Portland Lowestoft, source local newspapers
Robert Watson arrived 24 Sep 1844 at Launceston from Portland Lowestoft, source local newspapers
Robert Watson sailed 30 Oct 1844 from Launceston for Portland Minerva, source local newspapers
Robert Watson and Dorothy christened Martha 1847
Robert Watson carrier off Bourke lane, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr S Watson with Mr H Watson (Intermediate) came 8 Jun 1841 on the Frankfield
Samuel Watson Western District Monthly list of Depasturing Licenses for 1 to 30 Sep 1843
Samuel Watson, The Port Phillip Herald Tue 12 Sep 1843 Publicans Licemce to transfer Stockkeepers Rest from Mathew Hayes granted
Samuel Watson wed Susan Neale in 1844 at Church of England St James Melbourne
christened Emma Charlotte 1843, Octavius 1845, Myers Henry 1846, Theresa Mary Elizabe 1847
Samuel Watson, Faithfull Creek 'Stock-keepers Rest' granted Annual License. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 27 April 1844
Samuel Watson Western Port District License to depasture stock, for month of Sept 1844
Samuel Watson, granted Faithfuls Creek Stockmans Rest' annual Publican's license - source Port Phillip Herald 17 Apr 1845
Samuel Watson, Licensed to depasture stock at Murray District August 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 29 Sep 1845
Samuel Watson Directory 1847 settler Faithful's Creek Murray
Samuel Watson aged 19 came Sep 1847 with 306 on the Joseph Somes
Sydney Grandison Watson wed 1862 to Constance Maria Armstrong, Isabella Robinson from Ireland died 1861 aged 35
Directory 1847 Correspondence Murray Walwa 3 83
Samuel Watson settler Faithful's Creek Murray, Source - 1847 Directory
S.G Watson Walwall Murray, Source - 1847 Directory
Thomas Watson departed from Launceston Mon 9 May 1836 for Port Phillip, on the VanSittart
Thomas Watson plumber and glazier, wife Mary Margaret son John Watson born 20 Sep 1836 baptised 2 Oct 1838 at St James Cathedral, Melbourne
Thomas Watson 19 February 1837 with wife Margaret were appointed overseers of the Aboriginal Mission Station.
Thomas Watson and Master Watson Arrived at Launceston on 6 May 1839 from Port Phillip on the Pickwick
Thomas Watson 29 with wife Mary 28, Shoemaker, from Ochiltree, Prot, both, employed by in town, came Nov 1839 on the Palmyra
Mary Watson 28 wife of Thomas, Dairymaid, from Joppa, Prot, both, came Nov 1839 on the Palmyra
Thomas Watson and Mary Margaret christened John 1838, Susannah 1845
Thomas Watson wife Mary died 1847 Female aged 36 at Melbourne
Thomas Watson departed 23 June 1841 from Launceston for Port Phillip on the Challenger - source Launceston Courier 28 June 1841
Thomas Watson, The Port Phillip Herald Tuesday, 3 Jan 1843 signed public notice supporting John Stephen to be a Councillor for the La Trobe Ward
Thomas Watson wed Margaret Syning in 1843 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Thomas Watson wed Mary Frances Wratten in 1843 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Thomas Watson house Little Collins St Lonsdale Ward 239 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
Thomas Watson house off Flinders Lane also has vote in another Ward LaTrobe Ward 225 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
Thomas Watson wed Jean Welsh in 1846 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Thomas Watson and Jean christened Agnes Halliday 1847
Thomas Watson shoemaker off Bourke street, Source - 1847 Directory
Thomas Watson labourer off Flinders lane, Source - 1847 Directory
Thomas Watson horticulturist Lonsdale Yarra, Source - 1847 Directory
Thomas M. Watson waterman Flinders lane, Source - 1847 Directory
Which Thomas was naughty - Authorities blamed the ones from Tasmania
Thomas Watson prisoner, arrived at Port Phillip from Portland Bay on the schooner 'Ellen and Elizabeth' 3 June 1845 - source Port Phillip Herald 3 June 1845
Thomas Watson, convict guilty of returning from transportation, to be transported to Sydney. Source - Port Phillip Herald 6 Nov 1845
Thomas Watson - convict came on the Will Watch, absconded from Van D Land. Source:- Portland Police Magistrate Book, Page 77, 26 May 1846
Thomas Bereton Watson, lives at New Town. Source - Melbourne Courier 17 Oct 1845
Thomas Middleton Watson wed Agnes Cuthell in 1841 at Methodist / Wesleyan Melbourne
Thomas Watson Directory 1847 waterman Flinders lane
Thomas Wentworth Watson Correspondence Portland Bay Hartz Station 3 63 1842 occupied Satimur (north of Casterton, 20,000 acres)
Mr W Watson, Mr Watson and Mr Watson jun departed from Launceston on 1 Dec 1838 for Port Phillip on the Henry
William Watson North Corio Geelong, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
William Watson wed Mary Mcdevitt in 1841 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
William Watson, and Mary Mcdevitt baptised female Elizabeth at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne born at Melbourne 1842 #463
christened Charles 1844, Matthew 1845
William Watson, 32 both was Wool comber, trained as Carpenter married crime - Poaching at night 7 years convicted 4 Mar 1843, at York, received 25 Apr 1843, at York, became an Exile and received a Royal Pardon 10 Oct 1844, arrived at Geelong 18 March 1845 on the Sir George Seymour, and was employed by Dr Learmonth Geelong (List a162 and b14)
W Watson, Licensed to depasture stock at Portland Bay District August 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 29 Sep 1845
William Watson died 1845 Male aged 16 at Pascoevale
William Watson Letter at Post-office unclaimed 27th February, 1847
William Watson Owned Property Rosebrook Road 2 miles from Belfast - House & Land
William Watson and Emma christened Isabella Ann 1847
William Watson settler Portland, Source - 1847 Directory
William Watson farmer River Plenty, Source - 1847 Directory
Watson and Hunter Partnership Keillor Salt Water River Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
Watson, Wight & Philpot see in a partnership settlers Mount Macedon Western Port, Source - 1847 Directory
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