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Matilda (Dickey) Watson (abt. 1842 - 1912)

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Matilda Watson formerly Dickey
Born about in Belfast, Irelandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in New Zealandmap
Died in North Head, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealandmap
Profile last modified | Created 11 Dec 2014 | Last significant change: 25 Dec 2018
20:39: Graeme Olney edited the Biography for Matilda (Dickey) Watson (abt.1842-1912). (Biography additions - Ship Voyage Category) [Thank Graeme for this]
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Categories: Portland, sailed 30 April 1863.


Matilda Dickey was born about 1842 (her gravestone says she was in her 70th year when she died in 1912) in Belfast, Ireland. Her parents are not known.

Matilda emigrated to New Zealand in 1863. Her brothers John and James also emigrated to New Zealand.

Matilda married Alexander Richardson Watson in 1871 in New Zealand[1] . They had two children.

Matilda died in 1912 at North Head, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand and was buried at Symonds Street Cemetery[2].


Mrs. Alexander Watson. Another old. well-known colonist died at an early hour this morning, namely, Mrs. Matilda Watson (widow of the late Mr. Alexander Watson), at her residence, North Head, Devonport. Mrs. Watson was born at Rough Forta, near Belfast, Ireland, in 1834?(date not clear) She arrived in Auckland in the ship Portland in 1863, and resided in New Zealand ever since that date. Mrs. Watson was a sister of the late John and James Dickey, who carried on an ironmongery business for many years in Queen Street. Her death was somewhat sudden, as Mrs. Watson had enjoyed good health until quite recently. Almost three weeks ago she was attacked by influenza, while on a visit to Sydney, and although her return was postponed for some days, she had a relapse on the steamer Maheno on her way to Auckland. After arrival last Sunday, Mrs. Watson suddenly became worse yesterday, and passed away peacefully at an early hour this morning. The deceased is survived by her son (Mr. Watson), her nephews (Mcssns. John, William. James, and Samuel? (hard to read) Dickey), and her nieces (Mrs. Munro, of Sydney. Mrs. Klemmer, Mrs. Cosser, and Mrs. McNab, all of Waitara.


  1. New Zealand Government Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records. Registration Number 1871/4224
  2. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 6 December 2016), Matilda Watson, 1912; Burial, Auckland, Auckland Council, Auckland, New Zealand, Symonds Street Cemetery; Find A Grave: Memorial #172018267
  3. Auckland Star, Volume XLIII, Issue 193, 13 August 1912, Page 6. Papers Past.

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