William McWatters[1, 2]

Male 1865 - 1948  (83 years)


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  • Name William McWatters 
    Born 1865  Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Queensland Electoral Roll 1919  Ferry St., Maryborough Find all individuals with events at this location 
    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
     
    Buried May 1948  Maryborough Cemetery, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Maryborough Cemetery
      Queensland, Australia
      McWatters, Wm, d. 21-5-1948, Age:83
    Died 21 May 1948  Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Obituary 22 May 1948  Maryborough Chronicle , Queensland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    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.

    KEEN SPORTSMAN
    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 
    Person ID I5621  Hickey, List, Bundesen, Thomsen, Jensen, Jessen
    Last Modified 7 Oct 2014 

    Father William McWatters,   b. Abt 1830, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1915, Maryborough. Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Mother Ellen McKee,   b. Abt 1828,   d. 26 Jun 1890, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Family ID F1826  Group Sheet

    Family Martha Agesilaus Tornaros,   b. 1867, Maryborough, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1923, St. Leonards, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 19 Sep 1894  Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Marriage Registration
      McWATTERS William: Marriage: 19.09.1894: Spouse: Martha Agesilaus TOMAROS. Reg No 1894/1331 [Queensland Marriage Register]
    Children 
     1. Agesilaus McWatters,   b. 15 Dec 1896, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1936, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
    +2. Aubery William McWatters,   b. 26 Sep 1905, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Feb 1971, Malvern, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Last Modified 4 Jan 2010 
    Family ID F1824  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S66] Mrs Laurina Collins.

    2. [S115] Trove.


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