Sidney Young WATSON

Born:June 1 1841 In:  Bow Common Bromley, Middlesex, England
Died:Apr 29 1914 (at age 72)In:  Hastings, Hawkes Bay, NZ

Immediate family

His wife
Catherine Jane WATSON (born HAMMOND)
His wife
His father
Emma Ann WATSON (born YOUNG)
His mother
John WATSON, Jnr
His brother
His brother
George Henry WATSON
His brother
Isabella Young McINTYRE (born WATSON)
His sister
Charles Henry WATSON
His brother
William WATSON
His brother
Sarah Jane LETT (born WATSON)
His sister
Walter Samuel WATSON
His brother
Emma Ann LETT (born WATSON)
His sister
His brother
Margaret Margery SEXTON (born WATSON)
His sister
Rose Young WATSON
His sister


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When daughter Ann was born in January 1866 her father Sidney was a Shepherd. Her mother Ann was the informant and signed with a cross i.e. the mark of x Ann Watson, Mother, Wellington.


Sidney Watson, Renwicktown, Carter, as stated on his daughter Ann(i)e's marriage certificate dated 25 Jan 1886. (photo-copy of) original signatures with Sidney as a witness.


Sidney was a General Carter, Contractor and Butcher as per his advertisement on the front page of the Marlborough Express 3 May 1892


He was also at one time a Wood Merchant, Farmer.


On the 6 Oct 1894 Sidney Watson, Renwick advertised "a large stock of dry fire-wood" for sale


In 1896 he was the undertaker named on his mother's death certificate and was also the informant.


The Cyclopedia Of New Zealand, Vol. 5, Nelson, Marlborough & Westland. 1906. pg 428. Sidney WATSON, Farmer and General Carrier, Renwicktown. Moved to Marlborough in 1859 and settled in Renwicktown in 1871.


When Sidney died at the age of 72 in 1914 he was a Cook living in Hastings, Hawkes Bay.


Terrace Farm newspaper article - Terrace farm once owned by Sidney Watson. He laid down a race course on the farm and twice a year Renwick had a couple of race meetings of its own.




The "Will" of Sidney Joseph Young WATSON, late of Hastings, Hawkes Bay, Cook, deceased, died 29 Apr 1914. I give devise and bequeath ........ unto my daughter Annie wife of Thomas Gleeson of Renwicktown the whole of my estate both real and personal. dated 13 Apr 1913.

Signed: Sidney Joseph Young WATSON.

Cash 179.6.5 Furniture 22.0.0 Bill of exchange 22.0.0 Jewellery 1.10.0

Total 204.1.5


Ref. 16490 Probate Filed 18 May 1914 at Wellington - National Archives




Sidney Young WATSON was born on the 1st June 1841 at Bow Common, Bromley. His birth was registered in the Registration District of Poplar in the sub-district of Bow and Bromley in the County of Middlesex.

The fourth child of John & Emma WATSON, Sidney was just four months old when he left his place of birth and made the voyage to New Zealand.

Growing up on Mount Victoria, Wellington, he left according to “The Cyclopedia of New Zealand”, when he was about 18 years old, in 1859, for the Wairau District.

If Sidney did go to the Wairau as early as 1859 it would appear that sometime prior to 1866 Sidney may have returned to Wellington, (or the mother of his child did), as he fathered a daughter registered at Wellington as Ann WATSON, with his profession as "Shepherd". Born on the 31st January 1866, the child’s mother was Scottish born, Ann(ie) THOMPSON nee BURNS, who had arrived in New Zealand a couple of years earlier. No trace of a marriage between the couple has been found, although daughter Ann(ie)’s birth was not registered as illegitimate.

This relationship doesn’t appear to have lasted as, in the late 1860’s or early 1870’s, Sidney was living in the Wairau district, at Renwick with his mother and younger brother Charles, with Ann apparently still at that stage living in Wellington. Records show it was on the 10th March 1874 Sidney’s older brother David filled in an application to marry in the Wellington district, to presumably the same Ann THOMPSON, "Annie THOMPSON, (nee BURNS), widow". The application was duly noted that the marriage had not been solemnized.

Anne THOMPSON did however at some stage move to Renwick as she is buried at the Upper Wairau Cemetery near Renwick with her headstone simply reading "Anne THOMPSON, died 1895, aged 76". On her death notice she was the "relict of late C. THOMPSON age 70". Her funeral notice invited people to attend her funeral leaving from the residence of Mr T. GLEESON, tomorrow, (Tuesday) for the Renwick Cemetery, W.S. WATSON Undertaker.

Sidney and Anne THOMPSON’s daughter Ann(ie), married Thomas GLEESON, a stationhand, in Blenheim in 1886, with her father Sidney WATSON, Carter of Renwicktown, as one of the witnesses.

Three years after his daughter’s marriage, Sidney himself married at the Registrar’s Office in Blenheim on the 28th December 1889, as "Sidney Joseph WATSON", bachelor with his profession still as Carter. Sidney was by this time 48 years old and his new bride, Catherine Jane HAMMOND, born at Waimea West, Nelson, 22 years old.

Six months earlier, (28th June 1889), Sidney and Catherine had had an illegitimate daughter - Ivy Eleanor WATSON. Sidney’s profession at that time was "Farmer". A second daughter Lily Dora WATSON was born in 1891 followed by the youngest, a son, Norman Sidney WATSON in 1894.

It appears from land deeds at The Marlborough Historical Society, that Sidney first purchased 16 acres of land in 1872 from Dr. Thomas RENWICK for the price of £112 stirling. This comprised allotments 61 and 57 of section 161. In 1874 Sidney purchased allotments 50, 51 & 56 of section 161 for £52-10-0 and later in 1876 purchased allotment 9 of section 160 for £50.

The plan of land in the district of Omaka shows allotment 9, being part of section 160 and also allotments 50, 51, 56, 57, 61, being part of section No. 161, comprising a combined total of 32 acres, 4 roods, 46 perches, which was owned and farmed by Sidney WATSON for 30 years, and sold to John BARY, storekeeper of Renwick, for £900 on the 7th June 1902.

The last will of Sidney Joseph Young WATSON of Renwicktown in the Provincial District of Marlborough in the Dominion of New Zealand, Cook, was signed and witnessed in Napier, dated the 13th day of April 1913. In this Will he left his entire estate to his eldest daughter Annie, wife of Thomas GLEESON, of Renwicktown. The schedule of property attached to the will was for cash £179-6-5; Furniture £1-5-0; Bill of Exchange £22-0-0; and Jewellery £1-10-0; amounting to a total of £204-1-5.

Sidney died a year later at Hastings in Hawkes Bay on the 29th April 1914.

It is possible that at the time of making his Will in 1913 that Sidney was estranged from his wife Catherine nee Hammond and for this reason left her entirely out of his Will. Catherine soon after Sidney's death re-married to a Thomas William Eames on the 30th September 1914. Both Catherine and Thomas Eames are buried in the same plot at Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland. Also buried at Waikumete is Sidney's and Catherine's son Norman and also his wife, both under the name of "Eames". Norman was nineteen at the time of his father Sidney's death and would appear to have known Thomas Eames as his step father for at least a few years prior to his mother actually marrying him, hence Norman taking on his step-father's surname as Norman Sidney Watson EAMES.




An excerpt from the "Walter Watson Saga" by Herbert W. Watson, 1977:


Son Sidney established an agricultural farm at Renwick known as the Terrace Farm where the first Race Meetings were held. The records of those early meetings were collected by John SHAW, proprietor of Shaw’s Hotel. These bound volumes came into the possession of Harold (Babe) NEWMAN who passed them on to Herb WATSON, and he in turn handed them to the Blenheim Racing Club to add to their library.

Sidney also ran a woodyard. With a horse, half draught, and wood sawing machine, he cut stove lengths and transported dray-loads of first grade firewood to Blenheim and Renwick customers.

He was a good friend to the School Children. On one occasion we had been busy for several evenings cutting manuka trees from the Delta Station to transport to the gravel pit in Uxbridge Street to make a bonfire for Guy Fawkes celebrations when a new family of Doolies got in early with a match box and set it afire a few nights before the due date. This typical I.R.A. trick caused an awful lot of bitterness and ill feeling never heard of before. Our friend Sidney who always gave a half sovereign for our Rugby Fund, offered his horse and dray since it would have been impossible to rebuild the great pile of manuka in time. On the Saturday with this aid we erected the largest bonfire Renwick had ever seen. We collected more money for fireworks and had the largest crowd ever present. It was both the saddest and happiest Guy Fawkes ever, thanks to Sidney WATSON’s generous heart.







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