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Reg Watson – Historian, Writer & Journalist

Reg Watson

Local identity, Reg A. Watson, has authored a number of publications about Tasmanian history, including the Watson family history and an essay on our shared forebear Richard Morgan.

Reg is a fifth generation Tasmanian and a sixth generation Australian with decades of research experience. And, as his name reveals, he is above all proud to carry the family name of Watson.

Morgan’s Barn Mead would like to acknowledge Reg for the invaluable information he provides around the Richard Morgan and Watson histories. Reg’s publications include:

  • Churches of Van Dieman’s Land (a history)
  • Tasmanian Women of Achievement (co-authored with Kate Carlisle)
  • Tasmanian Crime Stories
  • They Served with Distinction: A Compendium of Tasmanian Military History
  • Lt John Bowen and the Founding of Tasmania
  • Tasmania! A Saga of a Pioneering Family
  • Watson’s Tasmania
  • The Life and Times of Thomas Francis Meagher – Irish Exile to Van Dieman’s Land
  • Heroes All
  • All Tasmanian Personnel who died during World War One
  • All Tasmanian Personnel who died during World War Two
  • The Scandalous Adventures of Captain Frederick Wentworth Watson
  • The Watson Family History
  • The Tasmanian War
  • Pioneers of Tasmania
  • Lieutenant Walter Oliphant Arnot
  • A Tasmanian Participation in a Forgotten War
  • Canadian/American Exiles to Van Dieman’s Land
  • Distinguished Tasmanian Historical Parliamentarians

Reg has also published extensively through his career in national and international newspapers and magazines as well as broadcast and photojournalism. His interests and accolades are too numerous to mention. He also speaks publicly about facets of Tasmanian history and is a staunch monarchist.

So, from Morgan’s Barn Mead, we salute our family historian Reg A. Watson. If you would like to read his essay The Historic Rosny Barn & Richard Morgan and Family at the cost of $10 (posted within Australia) email

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My name is Steven Clark and I live in the Derwent Valley in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a mazer & a yeast farmer (making beer, fruit wine and mead as by-products of continuous improvement in my farming practices). I'm a photographer, although my film cameras are currently silent. I do not tolerate idiots. I do not tolerate bigotry. I do not tolerate excuses. Let's be clear, if you sit with my enemies you my are my enemy for life.

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