WATHEN Francis William

Name Francis William WATHEN
Country Of Origin Australia
Born 1870
Died 1941
Birth/ Baptism Born 20 March 1870, Launceston
Bapt. 10 April 1872, St John’s, Launceston
Parents William Fowler and Emma Wathen (formerly Withey)
Apprenticeship Possibly with John Piper, Charles Street, Launceston
Skills Watchmaker, Jeweller
Work Locations Launceston, Waratah, Zeehan, Devonport
Street Address
202 Main Street, Zeehan
77 Brisbane Street, Launceston
Marriage/Spouse 23 November 1898, St John’s New Town, Hobart, to widow
Ada Mary Victoria Kempling (formerly Harrex).
Other Nephew of watchmaker Thomas Henry Wathen.
Brother of watchmaker Harry Withey Wathen.
Stepson Harry Kempling possibly learned the trade with Francis.

Pre 1893: Employer, J E Piper’s Launceston.
January 1893: Launceston firm F & W Stewart sold their Waratah watchmaking and jewellery business to Francis.

September 1898: Francis purchased Samuel Armstrong’s watchmaking, jewellery, and tobacconist business in Main Street, Zeehan (opposite the General Post Office).

1899 and 1901: Listed in the Tasmania Post Office Directory at Waratah.

September 1903: Advised the public he had employed his brother Harry Wathen, a watchmaker, former employee of F & W Stewart, and Frederick Vaughan.

5 August 1919: Closed business in Zeehan.

1919–approx. early 1930s: Recorded as a watchmaker in Devonport.

Approx. mid-1930s: Watchmaker at 77 Brisbane Street, Launceston, his stepson Harry Kempling’s watchmaking and jewellery business, Kempling’s The Practical Watchmakers.

Death 31 January 1941, Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria
TAHO: RGD32/1/4 no6343 Birth 1870; RGD37/1/59 no257 Marriage 1898.
Web: Ancestry: Australia City Directories, Tasmania Post Office (Wise) 1917-1933, Australia Electoral Rolls 1919, 1922, 1928, 1936, 1937.
Daily Telegraph 7 January 1893; Zeehan & Dundas Herald 7 September 1898, 24 December 1900, 8 September 1903, 24 December 1913, 5 August 1919; The Examiner (Launceston) 10 December 1934, 3 February 1941.