Watkins ‘fam­ily re­union’ in Euroa next month

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A WATKINS ‘fam­ily re­union’ is be­ing held on Oc­to­ber 27 and 28 in Euroa.

Or­gan­iser Glenda Paulette (nee Watkins) is call­ing all descen­dants that be­long to the first John Watkins who bought the “Wil­lows” on Oc­to­ber 24, 1854 through the First Land Grants in Vic­to­ria.

John Watkins from Ire­land es­tab­lished the Watkins fam­ily in this area, he be­ing one of the first set­tlers to pur­chase a Euroa town­ship al­lot­ment soon af­ter Euroa was sur­veyed in 1850.

He pur­chased land near “The Wil­lows” on the Seven Creeks in 1854 and his descen­dants proved to be first rate farmers over the years.

John Watkins farmed the land un­til 1855 when his son Ge­orge took over briefly.

Later on it was owned by Wil­liam Watkins but prior to that it had been out of the fam­ily from 1887 un­til 1990 when John Watkins took the land back on.

It can also be said with cer­tainty that the Watkins fam­ily was among the ear­li­est pi­o­neers here and that the whole fam­ily have proved to be good cit­i­zens.

John Watkins came to Aus­tralia in 1850 and landed in Syd­ney where he mar­ried Ju­lia Thomp­son when he was just 25 years of age.

He died at Gee­long in March 1901 at the age of 76 years; he had spent 50 years in Vic­to­ria and was buried in Euroa Ceme­tery,

His wife Ju­lia died at Euroa in 1902 and was also buried in Euroa.

John and Ju­lia Watkins had the fol­low­ing fam­ily, Cather­ine (born 1851), Ge­orge (born 1853), Mary (born 1856), John (born 1857) and Henry (born 1861).

Ge­orge’s branch of the fam­ily who set­tled in the Tam­leugh area were usu­ally re­ferred to by many Euroa peo­ple as the “Tam­leugh” Watkins.

A num­ber of the Watkins clan proved very pro­fi­cient golfers, which in­cluded Graeme and Lee Watkins, Jean Hah­nel, Lorna An­der­son and Ruth Frost.

There will be a meet and greet din­ner on Satur­day night of Oc­to­ber 27 and on Sun­day 28 where there will be a lunch with photos and ac­tiv­i­ties for the main re­union.

Glenda asks all those in­ter­ested or want­ing more de­tails to con­tact her on 0408695481 or email abels­glen@hot­mail.com

FAM­ILY RE­UNION: Some mem­bers of the Watkins fam­ily (from left) Ge­orge Watkins, Arthur Watkins, Nor­man Watkins, Nor­man Watkins, Lorna An­der­son (nee Watkins), Graeme Watkins, Shirley O’Keefe (nee Watkins) and Ruth Frost (nee Watkins).

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