George Crooks Watson Snr

Leather Manufacturer

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1873 1878
Alderman Alexandria 1882 1886
  • Alexandria Town Hall in 1943 (Alexandria, 'the Birmingham of Australia': 75 years of progress, 1868-1943, published by Alexandria Municipal Council, 1943).

Family background

George Crooks Watson Snr was born c1829 at Edingly, Scotland, the son of George Crooks Watson and Agnes. He married Eliza Waller (1833-1909) on 4 April 1852 at Southwark, Surrey, England, and they six sons and seven daughters. Watson and his family immigrated to Australia on the ship ‘Light of the Age’ which arrived at Sydney, NSW on 3 January 1860. Watson died at Alexandria, NSW on 12 February 1901, aged 71 years; he was buried at Rookwood Cemetery in the Old Presbyterian section. He left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £4,824. Watson lived in Mitchell Road, Alexandria. His son with the same name was an alderman on Erskineville Council.

Community activity

Watson was a Trustee of the Erskineville Part Trust and when he died his son George Crooks Watson Jnr took over as Trustee.

Local government service

George Watson Snr was an alderman on Alexandria Council for two terms: 1873-78 and 1882-86. He was the Returning Officer in 1878 and 1884. His son, also named George Crooks Watson, was an alderman on Erskineville Council.


‘Borough of Alexandria’, NSW Government Gazette, 7 February 1873, p. 395,


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