William Augustus Watt + Ann Bird

John Morris
1764
John Morris

Birth about 1764  

Death yes  


Sarah Bird
1770
Sarah Bird

Birth about 1770  

Death yes  


William Augustus Watt
1837
William Augustus Watt

Death 1837  Port Macquarie, Mid North Coast, New South Wales, Australia


Ann Bird
18021842
Ann Bird

Birth about 1802 38 32  Sydney Town, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Death 17 November 1842 (Age 40)  , , New South Wales, Australia


No children
Family Group Information
Marriage 9 February 1836
 Port Macquarie, Mid North Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Address:
St Thomas Church of England
Source:  Australian Dictionary of Biography. Online edition. [database - on-line]. Canberra: Australian National University, 2006
Text: Ann appointed William Augustus Watt, a former convict and ticket of leave man, as editor of the Gazette. Watt, who wrote stinging articles exposing the slave-owning mentality and practices of many of the colony's wealthy landowners. In particular, he drew attention to the activities of a group in the Hunter Valley including James Mudie, a bitter opponment of Bourke's. Brought before the Sydney bench on trumped-up charges, Watt was removed by the Governor to Port Macquarie, where the Howe estate had a land grant on the Macleay River.

In 1836 Ann petitioned Governor Bourke for permission to marry William Watt. Mudie attempted to prevent the marriage by producing evidence that Watt was a notoriously bad character who had both a wife abandoned in Scotland and a child from a liaison with a convict woman in the Female Factory. Bourke ruled that the charges were malicious and the couple married on 9 Feb 1836 at St Thomas Church of England, Port Macquarie.

In the same year, the merchant Richard Jones used his position as executor of the estate of Robert Howe and guarantor of outstanding loans, to trigger a foreclosure and transfer of ownership of the newspaper from Ann to Robert Howe's eldest son, Robert Charles (by Elizabeth Lees).
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