BiographyDavid Innes Watt was born 7 February 1855 in Murrurundi, New South Wales, Australia to David Watt (1814-1879) and Jane McMaster (1824-1880) and died 22 March 1924 in Edgecliff, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. He married Emmeline Maude Blackman (1860-1952) 20 February 1884 in St John the Baptist, Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.
The news of the death of Mr. David Innes Watt, which sad event occurred at Sydney on Saturday, was received with genuine feelings of regret in the town and district.
The remains were brought to Coolah by Tuesday's train and interred in the Presbyterian section of the local cemetery alongside those of the deceased's father and mother. The cortege was followed by a large number of mourners.
The late Mr. Watt was one of the oldest pastoralists of this district, and at the time of his demise owned Ulinda, Yarragrin and Gowang stations. He lived for a number of years at Ulinda Station until failing health about two years ago compelled him to relinguish active interest in his pastoral affairs and reside privately in the metropolis.
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, and on one occasion was a representative of A riding of the Coolah shire.
During the war he took an active interest in recruiting, and gave generous assistance to the various patriotic funds. He also associated himself with the repatriation of our soldiers at the conclusion of the war.
The late Mr. Watt was a keen follower of all classes of sport, particularly racing and polo. Several good horses carried his popular colors, 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.
In his younger days Mr. Watt was a member of the famous Weetalabah polo team, which gained many successes at carnivals held in different parts of the State. The other members of the team comprised the late Mr. John McMaster (Weetalabah), Mr. Reuben Jones (Hawthorne), and Mr. Frank Shepherd (late of Mooren). The season before last year Mr. Watt was a regular attendant on the local polo ground, and took a keen delight in watching the play of the Coolah team.
The deceased always had a kindly word for everyone, and was universally liked throughout the district.
We join with our readers in expressing heartfelt sympathy to the widow and members of the deceased's family.
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