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Tom Jackson WATSON

Burial Location:Kookynie  (details...)
Occupation: Hotel Keeper
Place of Death: Cumberland Street, Kookynie
Date of Death: 26 July 1908
Date of Burial:28 July 1908
Age:39 years
Cause of Death:Cardiac Failure, Pneumonia following Enteric Fever
OGM Ref#: 1954


Tom Watson succumbed to a bout of pneumonia which followed enteric fever. After spending some time on the Mt. Morgan goldfield, Queensland, Watson turned his attention to West Australia 12 years before his death. With a fellow countryman, Mr. Joseph Caddy, he was associated in mining pursuits and in business at Tampa, then known as Dingo Creek. After the death of his wife, Ethel Costello, in 1900 (Ethel Maud, nee COSTELLO, died April 1900; Death Registration 414/1900), Mr. Watson returned to England and while there, was appointed to a position in a mining district in West Africa . Six years ago, Mr. Watson returned to Kookynie and entered into possession of the Commercial Hotel, which he ran until his death.

The deceased took an active part in every institution which was for the benefit of the town and district, being a councillor, a member of the school board, president of the Racing Club and vice-president of the Gun Club. He was a liberal supporter of local syndicates for the advancement of the mining industry. Mr. Watson's death was a distinct loss to the community. He was held in high respect and was an exemplary citizen in every sense of the word.

The deceased, who had only just passed his 39th birthday, left a widow and an infant daughter by his second marriage. At the funeral of the late Tom Jackson Watson, the cortege moved from the Commercial Hotel, Kookynie, at 2.30pm. The business places of the town were closed. The funeral was the largest seen in the district. The local Masonic bodies turned out to a man and preceded the hearse. After the hearse, nearly 200 men followed, as well as the children from the school and about 35 vehicles bringing up the rear. Mr S. Fleming read the Masonic service at the grave. Tom Watson left an estate valued at £1105 12s 1d to Adeline Watson.

Parents:Christianna (nee SCOTT) and Tom Jackson WATSON (Tanner)
Spouse:1. Ethel Ellen COSTELLO 2. Emily Adeline Sarah FRAZER
Marriage Details:1. Marriage Registration 1295/1898, Perth; 2. Marriage Registration 44/1907, Subiaco
Children:1. No Children; 2. Adeline Christina Emily Frazer WATSON, Reg. 664/1908, Perth
Birth Details:July 1869, Penrith, Cumberland, England; Birth Registration
Death Certificate:28/1908, North Coolgardie
State Records Office: Tom Jackson Watson AU WA S59 cons3458 1908/177 Item - Part of APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS OF LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION (ORIGINALS)
Comments:Records show that Tom Jackson WATSON landed in Brisbane in 1902.