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This image is from the collections of the State Library of NSW. At Work and Play – 02295

This image is from the collections of the State Library of NSW. At Work and Play – 02295












It can be fascinating to delve into the history of your street or property as Gavin Carney found out recently. He kindly passed on a copy of his research to the library and gave us permission to post a summary here.

The chain of events that led to the naming of this road begins with the Tarlingtons at Cobargo, migrates north of Queensland and the Bernard Corser family, comes back to Cobargo and involves selling butter to the Cobargo Butter Factory and fathoms the age-old question of the day, what to do with a spinster sister-in-law.” (The Intriguing History of Glisson Watson Road by Gavin Carney, 2014).

Originally the land was owned by the Tarlington family and inherited by Norman Tarlinton. Enter one Bernard Corser, Member of the House of Representatives, Wide Bay Queensland. Mr Corser bought the farm business of Bredbatoura and lands from Norman Tarlinton and operated the property when in Canberra at Parliament.

The wife of Mr Corser was a Glisson and perhaps the ‘Glisson’ of Glisson Watson Road is named after Mrs Corser’s spinster sister, Miss Nora Glisson who died in 1952 and is buried at Bermagui.

The other half of the name concerns the Watson family. There was a Watson family living on the road. They were dairy farmers and sold butter to the Cobargo Butter Factory. One of the daughters, Norma, was a teacher at the Tanto School (near Wandella) which closed in 1933. By all accounts, this hard-working farming family can lay claim to the ‘Watson’ of Glisson Watson Road.

Thanks to Gavin for unearthing the mystery of the naming of the double-barrelled Glisson Watson Road.


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You can read wonderful descriptions of land for sale in the NSW Government Gazettes from the 19th Century.  The Bega Library has an index to the gazettes on cd-rom.

The 1850 gazette notes several town lots of land for sale in Eden and ‘Panbula’  including price per acre, typically £8.

In the 1844 NSW Government Gazette, reference is made to a land purchase by James Boyd of Lot 2, Eden; an area of 2 roods. The land deed was dated 29 February 1844 (a leap year!).

Government gazettes provide a huge range of information of value to local and family historians. The first gazettes were produced whenNSW was still a penal colony so early notices make interesting reading. Other notices relate to employment within the colonial administration and of course land notices are prevalent. Other information included in the gazettes relate to bankruptcy, licencing and intestacy notices.

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