Country Of Origin England
Born 1811
Died 1884
Birth/ Baptism Born approx. 1811, England
Parents unknown
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Watchmaker, Jeweller, Chronometer Maker
Work Locations Launceston
Street Address
Elizabeth Street, Launceston
Brisbane Street, Launceston
George Street, Launceston
Marriage/Spouse 27 November 1843, St John Street Chapel, Launceston,
to Johannah Ward, by Minister John West
Other January 1843: Charged with receiving stolen watch parts, the property of Joseph Doiron, watchmaker, Launceston. Charges dismissed.

1848: Advertised at Elizabeth Street, just received from England, assorted jewellery, gold, silver, patent lever, horizontal and vertical watches. Also, old gold and silver purchased, and efficient repairs of clocks and watches.

The Examiner (Launceston) 26 January 1850:
‘TIME PIECE. An eight-day regulator has been received by Mr Matthews, watchmaker, Brisbane Street, ex Elizabeth Thompson. This time piece is the manufacture of an eminent metropolitan workman and is so constructed as to maintain power during the operation of winding; it has dead beat escapements, jewelled pallets, adjusted crutch, mercurial pendulum, and a vibrating scale; the weight of the mercury in the pendulum tube is nearly eleven pounds and being a late invention, it combines all the modern chronometrical improvements, and is warranted to keep the most accurate time. It is not for sale but has been purchased by Mr Matthews for the use of the public, so that all parties may have an opportunity of regulating their clocks and watches. The prime cost of the regulator was £50.’

March 1855: Advertised recently arrived items for sale: pianofortes, music boxes, work tables and boxes, dressing cases, writing desks, flutinas, accordions, etc.

1857: Relocated business from Brisbane Street to George Street.
Approx. 1858: Employed watchmakers Thomas Drew and Charles Salmon.
April 1867: James Mathews, jeweller of George Street, was a witness in a court case.

Death 27 August 1884, 27 George Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria
TAHO: RGD37/1/3 no315 Marriage 1843.
Web: Births Deaths Marriages Victoria, Death Registration No. 8797/1884;
Findmypast, Victoria Wills & Probate 1884.
The Examiner (Launceston) 18 January 1843, 15 March 1848, 13 December 1853, 21 February 1857, 30 March 1876, 9 December 1876; Cornwall Chronicle 10 March 1855, 20 April 1867; Argus 29 August 1884.