John Watson (1798–1870)

JOHN WATSON was born in Rolvendon, Kent, England, and a farm labourer. He and his wife SARAH WATSON (née CATT) sailed to the Colony of New South Wales with their daughters, SARAH, HARRIET, HANNAH, and ELIZABETH as free immigrants per Palmyra (1838). Their youngest daughter, ELIZABETH, died at sea, and SARAH would also pass away the year after their arrival. His second eldest daughter HARRIET married convicted highwayman JOHN ‘JACK’ HOLLAND, who went on to become the publican of The Star Inn, where both JACK and HARRIET also resided. JOHN WATSON lived there with them until his death.

Burial Location

  • Section 1, Row A, No. 15B, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta

Occupation

  • Farm Labourer

Relationships

  • Husband of SARAH WATSON (née SARAH CATT)
  • Father of SARAH ANN WATSON
  • Father of HARRIET WATSON
  • Father of HANNAH WATSON
  • Father of ELIZABETH WATSON
  • Father-in-law of EDWARD HOLDEN
  • Father-in-law of JOHN HOLLAND
  • Father-in-law of ROBERT WITHAM
  • Father-in-law of SAMUEL MORLEY
  • Father-in-law of WILLIAM WILCOCKSON
  • Grandfather of ELLEN WATSON HOLDEN
  • Grandfather of JOHN HENRY HOLLAND
  • Grandfather of HARRIET HOLLAND (‘HARLEY’)
  • Grandfather of JOHN ALEXANDER HOLLAND
  • Grandfather of EDITH EMMA HOLLAND (‘EDIE’)
  • Grandfather of SARAH ELIZABETH WATSON
  • Grandfather of JOHN ALEXANDER WILCOCKSON
  • Grandfather of CLARA ELIZABETH CANNON WILCOCKSON
  • Grandfather of ADA KATE WILCOCKSON
  • Grandfather of AMY HANNAH WILCOCKSON
  • Grandfather of WILLIAM JOHN WILCOCKSON
  • Grandfather of JOHN WITHAM
  • Grandfather of ELIZA JANE WITHAM
  • Grandfather of HANNAH WITHAM
  • Grandfather of HARRIET ANNIE WITHAM
  • Grandfather of SAMUEL HENRY MORLEY
  • Grandfather of CHARLES J MORLEY
  • Grandfather of EMILY CLARA MORLEY
  • Grandfather of ALICE ADA MORLEY

Related Material

THE HOLLANDS: GUNS ‘N’ TUBEROSES

By Michaela Ann Cameron

Abstract: Jack was very in tune with nature. He had seven stars, a sun, a half moon & a flowerpot tattooed on the inside of his arm from his younger days, woke with the birds, took his morning’s walk to Camellia to admire the camellias of Sir William Macarthur’s former gardener & nurseryman, & lovingly tended a few ‘pet plants’ of his own. But every man has his limits. Jack was not a cat person. Indeed, his extreme devotion to his greenery was precisely what precluded even so much as a begrudging acceptance that he must coexist with felinity, all because the neighbouring cats had a terrible habit of scratching up his blooming beauties. One morning, around seven o’clock, Jack found one of his tuberoses ‘smashed.’ ‘There he stood at [his] front door’ of The Star Inn, ‘with the broken flower in one hand, & a double-barrelled gun in the other,’ showing a friend his ‘broken treasure’ & ‘vowing vengeance on the tomcat that had wrought the mischief.’ Spying at that very moment ‘the delinquent cat—or a cat’—Jack took off after it, aimed, & “Bang!”: he blew that cat right out of existence. It was not the first time the Parramatta publican of The Star Inn had shown such extreme inconsistency in his regard for living things. In fact, you could say John ‘Jack’ Holland had more or less lived his whole life with a flower in one hand, & a shotgun in the other. Read more>>

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# English

# Came Free

# Ship: Palymra (1838)

# Burial year: 1870

# Grave: marked