George Crooks Watson

Patent Leather Manufacturer, Japanned And Enamelled Leather Manufacturer

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Erskineville 1896 1904
Mayor Erskineville 1898 1898
  • Council of the Municipality of Erskineville Sign, no date (City of Sydney Archives Collection)

Family background

George Crooks Watson was born about 1852 to George Crooks Watson Snr and his wife Eliza. On 27 July 1878, whilst living at Mitchell Road, Alexandria, Watson Jnr married Mary Ann Beaver at Ocean Street, Woollahra. They lived at 38 Sydney Street during the 1890s. Watson died at his residence, 21 John Street, Petersham on 4 October 1934 aged 82. He was buried in the Anglican cemetery, Rookwood. His wife, Mary Ann, pre-deceased him on 16 May 1933.

Occupation & interests

George Crooks Watson was a patent leather manufacturer, and was also recorded as a japanned and enamelled leather manufacturer. In 1910, his leather works was at 46 Fountain Street, Alexandria, but later relocated to Belmont Street, Alexandria.

Local government service

George Crooks Watson Jnr was an alderman on Erskineville Council in 1896-1904, representing North Ward. He was mayor in 1898. His father, also named George Crooks Watson, was an alderman on Alexandria Council.


‘Golden Weddings’, Sydney Morning Herald, 27 July 1928, p. 10,

‘Deaths’,  Sydney Morning Herald, 5 October 1934, p. 10,

‘Funerals’, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 October 1934, p. 9,

Certificate of Title, Volume 3233 folio 195


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