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Walter C. Watt (1860–1920)

Mr. Walter C. Watt, of the shipping firm of Gilchrist, Watt and Sanderson Ltd., died at his home in Double Bay, Sydney, the latter end of last month, after close on 60 years of useful life in commercial circles. Of Scottish birth, he came out to Australia in 1863, when 17 years of age, to join the firm in which he remained until the day of his death, and only twice in that time has he been out of the Commonwealth. Apart from connection with the firm that bears his name Mr. Watt was chairman of directors of the North Coast Steamship Company, the North Shore Gas Company, and the Perpetual Trustee Company. He was also on the directorate of the Union Bank of Australia, the Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Company, Messrs. Harrison, Jones and Devlin, the Wallarah Coal Company, the Australian Kerosene Oil Company, the Colonial Sugar Refining Company, the Australian Alum Company, and the Mittagong Land Company. This shows how highly he was thought of in financial and commercial life. It may be added that he was a man of liberal, but withal unostentatious charity, and his death will be keenly felt by the many who knew him.

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'Watt, Walter C. (1860–1920)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 17 July 2024.

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August, 1920 (aged ~ 60)
Double Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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