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David Innes Watt (1855–1924)

David Watt, n.d.

David Watt, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 June 1924

Mr. David Innes Watt, of Ulinda, in the Coolah district of New South Wales, who died in Sydney in March, was the only son of the late Mr. David Watt, one of the old pioneers of the State, and at the time of his death was 69 years of age.

He was educated at the King's School, Parramatta, and, like many other prominent pastoralists who passed through the old school, he showed the value of that training in his self-reliant independence and resource, and his thoroughgoing earnestness was a silent testimony to the fine traditions which cling to the school. He started his pastoral training at Pine Ridge, his father's property, and eventually assumed the management of that station. On the death of his father in 1880, he purchased Ulinda, which the latter had also owned, and later on Gowang, Kerbin and Yarragrin. Ulinda, Yarragrin and Gowang were still in his possession when he died, but about two years ago failing health compelled him to relinquish active interest in his pastoral affairs and live in Sydney.

During his residence at Ulinda the late Mr. Watt took an active interest in public affairs. He was for a number of years a councillor of the Coonabarabran Shire, and president of that body for several terms. He was also president of the Coonabarabran P.P. Board for a lengthy period.

The late Mr. Watt was a keen follower of all classes of sport, particularly racing and polo. Several good horses carried his popular colours, chief among which was Cisco, winner of the A.J.C. Derby, second in the V.R.C. blue riband, and winner of several important handicaps.

He was universally liked throughout his district, and deep sympathy will be felt for his wife and family.

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David Watt, n.d.

David Watt, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 June 1924