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Personal profile

John Christian (Chris) WATSON

Born:

(probably) 9 April 1867, Valparaiso, Chile

Education:

Weston school, New Zealand (c.1877–79); typographical trade certificate c.1886

Employment:

newspaper compositor, union official, company director

Memberships:

Typographers Union, Oamaru; New Zealand Land League; Typographical Association of NSW; Land Nationalisation Society NSW

Marriage:

27 November 1889 and 30 October 1925

Children:

Jacqueline (1927, from marriage to Antonia Dowlan)

Died:

18 November 1941, Double Bay, Sydney

Buried:

cremated, ashes at North Sydney Crematorium

Honours:

no official honours conferred

Ada Jane WATSON (née LOW)

Born:

1859, England

Died:

19 July 1921, Sydney

Political profile

Terms as PM:

27 April 1904 – 18 August 1904

Terms as MP:

NSW Legislative Assembly: July 1894 – March 1901 (Young)
House of Representatives: 9 May 1901 – December 1906 (Bland); December 1906 – 13 April 1910 (South Sydney)
Leader of the Opposition: 18 August 1904 – 5 July 1905

Portfolios:

Treasurer: 27 April – 18 August 1904

Political memberships:

Australian Labor Party (1900–16; leader Federal Parliamentary Party, 8 May 1901 – 24 October 1907); Nationalist Party (1917–c.22), Australian Workers Union (1894–1916); Australian Industries Protection League (NSW)

After:

Australian Workers Union official;
National Roads Association president (1920–23);
National Roads and Motorists Association president (1923–41)

Quiz facts

  • made Australia the first nation with a labour Prime Minister
  • established the solidarity rule by which he was expelled from the Labor Party
  • designed the soldier settlement scheme in 1917
  • trustee of Sydney Cricket Ground
  • a founder of the National Roads and Motorists Association
  • a founder and first chairman of Ampol in 1936

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