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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Bill" William Watson EASTON

Born 15 March 1890 in Wemyss, Fife, Scotland [28]
Son of William EASTON and "Maggie" Margaret WATSON [21] [28]
     He was named after his maternal grandfather, whose name was William WATSON [28]
     In 1891 he was living with his parents and elder brother John at Methil Mill in Methil, Fife, Scotland [21]
     He was with his parents and siblings John, Bella, Nellie, Maggie and Jessie at 24 Jordan Terrace in Wemyss in 1901 [21]
     His eldest sister Isabella Melville EASTON settled with the BOWMAN family in Carnamah, Western Australia in 1915 [P1]
He discovered an area of land near the village of Largoward in Fife, Scotland which he had surveyed as a potential coal mine [P381]
     The survey proved good and his brothers John and George joined him to secure the mineral rights and excavate a mining shaft [P381]
     He put forward most of the capital for the survey and mineral rights, both of which ended up costing more than he'd expected [P381]
     They began excavating a shaft but found the coal seam to be deeper and with no capital left they had to walk away [P381]
     Immediately after the failed venture he was despondent and decided to leave Scotland for Australia [P381]
Departed London, England on the steamship Demosthenes on 27 May 1922 bound for Albany, Western Australia [203]
     Labourer for his sister's employer John BOWMAN on The Home Farm in Carnamah 1923-1925 [19]
     Signed the petition in February 1923 for the Irwin Licensing Court to grant a hotel license for Carnamah [10: 9-Mar-1923]
Later resided in Geraldton, Western Australia [P75]
     Married Annie Young BROWN in Geraldton in 1933 [66]
     The Commonwealth Electoral Roll lists him as a Gardener on Eastern Road in Geraldton in 1936 [50]
Father of Melville [P381]
Died 15 July 1958; buried at the Utakarra Cemetery in Geraldton [26]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'William Watson Easton' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 May 2020 from [sources]

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