Death of Mrs S.E. Watson

The death occurred in her home, Nirvana, Fifth Avenue, Windsor, on Wednesday last (1925) of Mrs Sophie Elizabeth Watson, widow of Mr George Chale Watson, and sister of the late Sir Robert Townley Scott. Born in Dorney, near London in 1844, the late Mrs Watson came to Brisbane with her parents aboard the Artemesia at the age of 5 years, and lived in Brisbane practically for the remainder of her life.

Since Sir Robert Scott’s death a few years ago, Mrs Watson had been in indifferent health. Her father, the late Mr Robert Scott was a builder in the very early days of the colony, and owned the first pottery works built in Queensland. Her husband who predeceased her many years ago was an old officer of the Lands Department and one of the earliest surveyors. He was one of the surveyors of the dividing line between New South Wales and Queensland at the time of Separation. The deceased lady leaves a grown up family.

(Top) The Emigrant Ship Artemisia en route for Moreton Bay, New South Wales, Australia. (Bottom) Emigrants on the deck of the ship. Date: 1848

The Artemisia was the first immigrant ship to arrive in Moreton Bay bringing the first assisted free settlers from England. She was a barquentine of 492 tons (558 tonnes) built at Sunderland in 1847 and owned by A. Ridley. Under her master, Captain John Prest Ridley, the Artemisia arrived in Moreton Bay in December 1848