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Silver Lever Hunting Watch Lost or Stolen Wagga Wagga Australia

Silver Lever Hunting Watch Lost or Stolen Wagga Wagga Australia

Posted: 1377603306000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Smith
I have been researching the life of one of my ancestors - a Henry Edward Smith. He has been an elusive character so far (and perhaps a colourful one as well)….which brings me to my query.

I have come across an extract from the New South Wales Police Gazette 25 November 1874 - ‘Lost or stolen, on the night of the 12th instant, from the person of Henry Edward Smith, whilst drunk and asleep at Wagga Wagga – A silver lever hunting watch, No. 35426, maker’s name, “Edwards, London.” Identifiable.’

I was intrigued by the amount of detail that the entry contains about the watch. It is as if Henry Edward Smith had held details of the watch elsewhere and that it was of value to him – whether sentimental or otherwise.

Can anyone help me with more details about this watch, place it in the context of the era, and if possible what type of person would own this sort of watch?


Re: Silver Lever Hunting Watch Lost or Stolen Wagga Wagga Australia

Posted: 1377798116000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Edwards
This is probably a red herring and nothing to do with the lost watch. Anyway, I found this... It is notice of the marriage of an Edwards in Australia, but it mentions Edwards, a jeweller and watchmaker.

Australian News (Melbourne Vic 1876 - 1889)
Wednesday 23 Jan 1879.
Edwards - Watson: "On the 8th Nov, by the Rev W.I. Blamires, Wesleyan minister, at the residence of the bride's mother, No 4 King William St, Fitzroy, Charles Thomas Edwards, eldest son of James Benjamin Edwards, jeweller and watch maker of Talbot, and the grandson of B Edwards, jeweller,, Shoreditch, England, to Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of the late Samuel Watson, of the Deer Parks, Omagh, county Tyrone, Ireland."

It might be that the watch was bought in Australia, from an Edwards jeweller's shop in Australia, but was imported from Shoreditch, London, and this may be why the watch is Edwards of London. Just thought you would like to see this. But as I say, it might mean nothing to you at all.

Re: Silver Lever Hunting Watch Lost or Stolen Wagga Wagga Australia

Posted: 1380266594000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Edwards & Smith
Dear Brian
Thanks so much for this information. Ancestry has provided me with a wealth of information on this family line both in England and Australia via public family trees and electoral rolls & English census. There is evidence of watchmaking and jewellers in the family line and I have contacted one of the private member tree contacts for a bit more detail including a photo of the shop in Talbot. A brother of the Charles you mentioned above - James Benjamin ("Junior") married a Harriett Blanch Smith. I know a connection between the 2 Smiths may be a long shot but I have asked the question.
Just love this red herring!
Belated thanks
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