1865 - 1948 (83 years)
||William McWatters |
|Queensland Electoral Roll
||Ferry St., Maryborough
|QUEENSLAND ELECTORAL ROLL 1919|
Division of Wide Bay - Subdivision of Maryborough
McWATTERS Martha Agesilaus: Place of Living: Ferry st., Occupation: home duties
McWATTERS William, jun., Place of Living: Ferry st.,: Occupation: compositor
||Maryborough Cemetery, Queensland, Australia
- Maryborough Cemetery
McWatters, Wm, d. 21-5-1948, Age:83
||21 May 1948
||Maryborough, Queensland, Australia
||22 May 1948
||Maryborough Chronicle , Queensland
|DEATH OF WILLIAM McWATTERS|
William McWatters is dead. His passing has severed another link with the early days of Maryborough. He gave a life time of service to the Maryborough Newspaper Company Pty. Ltd in the publication of the Chronicle and Colonist. He passed peacefully early last night in his 84th year.
The late Mr William McWatters, who was born at Dundathu, saw Maryborough grow from a village to a city, and he played his part worthily in its progress, by his good service to the community, and by setting a high standard of citizenship which earned the respect and honour of his fellow citizens.
The Maryborough Chronicle was started in 1860. Eighteen years later, a small boy aged 12, named William McWatters, joined the staff. By present day standards the publications of newspapers in that year, 1878, were primitive and many and varied were the jobs given to the boy, William McWatters. Amongst his tasks were those of filling and trimming the kerosine lamps, inking the pages with a hand roller, and assisting in the making of newspaper rollers. He was very diligent at his work, and later he became apprenticed to the composing trade. He was a good tradesman and when 19 years of age he was appointed foreman. He held that responsible position until he retired in April 1934, after 53 years of service.
On April 1, 1928, William McWatters celebrated 50 years of service with this company. To mark the occasion his fellow workmen, after paying a high tribute to his ability, and expressing sincere appreciation of how well he had trained apprentices to the printing trade, presented him with a handsome gold watch. The then editor of the paper, the late Mr G. I. Roberts, spoke of William McWatters' patience, perseverance, loyalty and devotion to duty, and on behalf of the company presented him with a cheque for £50. Three years later Mr McWatters retired, and his services were recognised by the company who granted him a retiring allowance up till the time of his death.
The late Mr McWatters was of a quiet, unassuming nature. In his younger days he took part in local sports, particularly in foot running and cricket. Later on in life he took a keen interest in horse racing, and for many years he contributed turf notes under the well known pen name of "Wilari". His "tips" were closely studied by many people keenly interested in the turf.
The late Mr McWatters took an active part in the affairs of the Central School. For some years he held the position of honorary secretary; and later he occupied the position of chairman for some time. In those years he did much to advance the interests of the school and promote the welfare of its scholars. His colleagues greatly appreciated his invaluable services.
Mr McWatters married Miss Tornaros, a daughter of the late Captain Tornaros. His wife predeceased him about 22 years ago. He is survived by a family of three sons and three daughters. They are Messrs Jack McWatters (Editor of the Digger, Brisbane), Aubrey (on the editorial staff of the Brisbane Courier and formerly of the Maryborough Chronicle), and Roy McWatters (of the Maryborough Railway Department), Mrs Esme McKay (Sydney), Miss Pearl McWatters (Adelaide), and Mrs J. C. Lamb (Singapore). One son Agy, a Military Medallist of the Great War, died in 1938.
The funeral will move from St Stephen's Presbyterian Church this afternoon after service commencing at 3.30 pm.
Maryborough Chronicle , Queensland, Saturday, 22 May 1948
||Hickey, List, Bundesen, Thomsen, Jensen, Jessen
||7 Oct 2014 |
||William McWatters, b. Abt 1830, Ireland , d. 15 Dec 1915, Maryborough. Queensland, Australia (Age ~ 85 years) |
||Ellen McKee, b. Abt 1828, d. 26 Jun 1890, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia (Age ~ 62 years) |
||Martha Agesilaus Tornaros, b. 1867, Maryborough, Victoria, Australia , d. 17 Dec 1923, St. Leonards, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Age 56 years) |
||19 Sep 1894
||Maryborough, Queensland, Australia
- Marriage Registration
McWATTERS William: Marriage: 19.09.1894: Spouse: Martha Agesilaus TOMAROS. Reg No 1894/1331 [Queensland Marriage Register]
| ||1. Agesilaus McWatters, b. 15 Dec 1896, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia , d. 18 Oct 1936, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia (Age 39 years)|
|+||2. Aubery William McWatters, b. 26 Sep 1905, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia , d. 02 Feb 1971, Malvern, Victoria, Australia (Age 65 years)|
||4 Jan 2010 |