WATSON Robert Henry Edward

Name Robert Henry Edward WATSON
Country Of Origin Australia
Born 1903
Died 1972
Birth/ Baptism Born 28 June 1903, Launceston
Parents Edward William and Mary Hingston (formerly Stabb)
Apprenticeship F & W Stewart, Launceston
Skills Watchmaker, Jeweller
Work Locations Launceston
Street Address
Charles Street, Launceston (F & W Stewart)
101 St John Street (99a St John Street), Launceston
The Quadrant, Launceston
Corner Brisbane and St John Streets, Launceston
Marriage/Spouse 3 June 1933, Chalmers Church, Hobart, to Grace Levis
Other Employed by Foster Coulson and Douglas Eastburn before starting his own business.

The Examiner (Launceston) 6 February 1926:
‘R H Watson, (Late of Eastburn and Co.),
Watchmaker and Jeweller,
101 St John St, Launceston.
All repairs promptly attended to.
Satisfaction guaranteed.’

Location: Corner of St John Street and the Quadrant (99a St John Street, Launceston)
1940s: Advertised to buy old gold, diamonds, and old watches.

1950: Son Ray joined the family business and continued there until his retirement in 2004.

Horological Guild of Australasia, Tasmanian branch:
Member, and Vice President in the 1960s.

According to Robert’s grandson Neil Watson in 2022, it was his grandfather’s dream to have a store on the corner of Brisbane and St John Streets. Robert’s descendants achieved this dream in 2002 and more; they had four stores in Launceston in the early 2000s.

Death 21 December 1972, Launceston
The Australian Watchmaker, September 1962.
Member’s Certificate, Horological Guild of Australasia, June 1952; Watson family records.
TAHO: RGD37/1/58 no507 Marriage 1897; AD960/1/139 Will No. 56560 1973.
Web: Ancestry: Electoral Roll Tasmania 1919; City of Launceston, Carr Villa Cemetery 1972.
The Examiner (Launceston) 6 October 1928, 9 August 1930, 19 November 1935, 19 November 1935, 24 June 1939, 6 September 1943, 7 January 2022; The Mercury (Hobart) 19 August 1933, 19 November 1935, 30 September 1940, 2 July 1945, 5 April 1947, 26 September 1952.