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Watson, Blanche Elliot

Watson, Blanche Elliot

Female 1863 - 1919

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  • Born  9 May 1863  Balmain, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  27 Mar 1919  Bell, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I00116  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  20 Jun 2015 

    Father  Watson, William Bourn Russell,   b. 20 Jun 1815, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1877, William Street, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Birth 
    Mother  Leach, Esther Emma,   b. 10 Jun 1824, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1914, "Dalkeith", Alma Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Birth 
    Married  29 Jan 1841  Morpeth, New South Wales, Australia. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F00005  Group Sheet

    Family  Rowland, Charles John,   c. 14 Jun 1860, Coulsdon, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1926, Dalby, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Aug 1891  St. Andrew's, Sydney, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Rowland, Stephen Henry,   b. 25 Sep1898, Croydon, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 11.1933
    >2. Rowland, Blanche Esther,   b. 13 Jan 1892, Shepherd St., Ashfield, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1983, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Rowland, Dorothy Juliet,   b. 1 Oct 1895, Marwood, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1995, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Rowland, Francis Richmond,   b. 21 Jul 1897, Waddon Court, Croydon, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1918, Belguim Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Rowland, Charles Vylett,   b. 22 Aug 1899, Waddon Court, Croydon, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1913, Toowomba, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F00061  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Charles and Blanche Rowland in England with (L to R) Frances, Essie and Dorothy
    Charles and Blanche Rowland in England with (L to R) Frances, Essie and Dorothy
    Blanche and Esther Emma Watson
    Blanche and Esther Emma Watson

  • Notes 
    • ROWLAND-WATSON - March 12, at St Andrew's
      Cathedral, Sydney, by the Rev A R, Rivers, MA, Charles third son of S. N. Rowland, Wadden Court, Waddon, England, to Blanche Elliott -youngest daughter of the late William Watson, M.L.A., of Balmain (Sydney Morning Herald 28.03.1891)

      0bituary
      Mrs. C.J.Rowland
      The many friend of Mr. C.J.Rowland, of "Dalmoora", Bell, will be deeply grieved to hear that his wife passed away at her home yesterday afternoon, after a long illness. Mrs. Rowland, despite continual ill health, ...

      BRISBANE COURIER MAIL
      The Babies of the Allies' Clothing Society has received a letter from the Bell branch announcing with deep regret the death of its secretary, Mrs. Rowland, last Thursday. "We feel very keenly the loss of such an able chief, who worked so hard up to the last," the writer states. "We were to have had a meeting at her bedside yesterday. The eleven years spent by our friend in Bell have been a time of constant work on behalf of others, although suffering intense pain and three operations.

      DEATH
      Rowland: On March 27, 1919, at her residence, 'Dalmoora', Bell, Blanche Elliot, wife of Charles J. Rowland and youngest daughter of the late William Watson, M.L.A., Balmain, Sydney, N.S.W., aged 56 years.

      DALBY HERALD, Early April, 1919
      REMINISCENCES OF MY WIFE'S LIFE
      (BY C.J.R.)
      By the unfailing courtesy of the editor of "The Leader", and at the request of a large number of friends, I am penning a brief account of the life ended on Thursday last, and preface same by distinctly saying that my wife never considered herself in the light of a paragon. She was very human and had her faults, and was ever cognizant of same. Still, she was a marvellous woman, the world always told me so, and tonight in my loneliness I know it for truth. My wife was the youngest daughter of the late Captain Watson, of Sydney, one of the keenest yachtsmen the harbor club ever had, his measurements and tonnage being the governing standard of yacht-racing to-day, and in the "Ella," built under her father's directions, the subject of these lines proved herself very smart. At the death of her father, the family removed to a suburb of Sydney, and it was here that her magnetic power of organising displayed itself. "Will you build me a church?" the speaker was an Anglican minister, standing at a tent door after the evening service, and the reply came, "I will." That night the realm of art lost one who would, without a doubt, have risen to world-wide fame, for at the age of 17 my wife was sweeping all before her with her pencil in some of the exhibitions, beating close on a thousand competitors in "black and white". In less than four years the clergyman referred to held his services in a substantial church, lived in a two-storied parsonage-both brick buildinggs-his home being furnished from top to bottom. A spacious schoolroom, asphalted paths, and a good fence. The next effort was to help the Sailors' Home then in course of erection, and my wife's band of workers took part in a three days' bazaar, all pinafores. H.M.S. Pinafore was their stall, at which they took over 600, a record for many years. Crossing to England she worked just as hard for Dr. Barnard's Home, and her efforts at Bell are well known. Neither did she spare herself on Sundays, for many years holding the children's classes twice a day. The morning she passed away was the day fixed for closing the "Working Bee" so far as work was concerned, and all members were coming to "Dalmoora". When the end came it was at the last that her indomitalbe spirit burst forth. Some few hours before her death she called her elder daughter and asked her to enter up one or two items in connection with the Society's work, and when this was done she gently said "My life's work is finished, and I am ready for a long sleep".

  • Sources 
    1. [S00134] Queensland Australia Death Certificate.

    2. [S00147] New South Wales Australia Marriage Certificate.