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The Silver Cradle
14 Nov 2012
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As great grandaughters of the Mayor of Brisbane George Watson 1892 to 1893 we have come together today to inspect a special artefact which was presented to our great grandfather by his fellow aldermen in 1892 when his son Norman Mayor Watson was born.

Our picture (left to right: Gay Saunders, Jan Wickham, Joy Cumming) shows us with the silver cradle on 14 November 2012.

In 1892 this silver cradle was presented to our Great Grandfather to mark the birth of his son, our great uncle, Norman Mayor Watson.

Norman Mayor Watson joined the 49th Battalion of the First AIF and died in the battle of Dernancourt, France in April 1918. Recently Jan and Joy accompanied by Jan's daughter and grandson travelled to France to find his gravestone in the war memorial cemetery in Dernancourt.

Our family donated the cradle to the City of Brisbane in 1987 in a ceremony held in the City Hall Art Gallery and Museum.

Our family has long connections to the City of Brisbane through the plumbing industry as we are descendents of both the Watson and Wyllie families who were both well known master plumbers. In addition, our maternal grandfather had a close connection to City Hall as he was one of the city's early organists as well as being a Master Plumber, (James Swithen Rix Wyllie - son of James Rix Wyllie who founded JR Wyllie & Sons at Albion). He was married to Daisy Lilian, daughter of George Watson.

George Watson's family home 'Pegoda' was located in Bonney Ave, Clayfield and is still standing today. Well noted Brisbane artist Joan Ricketts produced a painting of this house which was commissioned by our mother Gwen Cumming, the daughter of JSR and Lilian Wyllie.

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