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  • Elizabeth (Thomas) Connelly - Hill - Waterson [Convict "Prince of Wales" 1788] (1766 - 1835)
    Elizabeth THOMAS was born Llanddoget, Denbighshire, Wales and was baptised in July 1766 Elizabeth was convicted of theft (with Ellen WAINWRIGHT) and sentenced to 7 years transportation. She arrived i...
  • Harold Robert Waterson (1897 - 1918)
    Harold served in World War 1, as a Private, 2nd Battalion, Canterbury Infantry Regiment. Service Number 63799. He left for war 16 November 1917 with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 32nd Reinforc...
  • Harry Waterson (1884 - 1916)
    Harry Waterson was killed in action 9th July 1916 in World War 1 in the Battle of the Somme. The date may place him at the Battle of Albert (1–13 July 1916). Service Number: 6/1750 , Last Rank: Lance...
  • John Waterson (1831 - 1912)
    John emigrated with his parent and siblings on the LADY NUGENT which left Gravesend on the 10th October 1840, arriving in Port Nicholson (Wellington) on 17th March 1841 His mother died 7 years after ...
  • Rosetta Mary Waterson (1834 - 1899)
    NZ BDM marriage index 1850/245 Rosetta Berlin John Waterson note the surname for Rosetta is incorrect spelling NZ BDM death index 1899/4146 Waterson Rosetta 64Y

About the Waterson surname

John Watterson arrived in New Zealand at Port Nicholson on 17th March 1841, aboard the Lady Nugent , having left Gravesend 10 October 1840.

Sources: and

The list of steerage passengers includes his family:

Name, Age, Occupation



The Watterson family name was changed to Waterson.

At the time of taking over the Silverstream property, John Watterson, Senr., in signing his name, omitted one "T". This led to so much trouble at law that his solicitor, Mr. Hilderbrand, made him register his name with one "T" (adding the proviso sometimes spelt with two "Ts'). This is not generally known by the descendants, only one "T" being now used by most of them.


  • Booklet: The Wattersons, pioneer Scots family, landed Wellington, 17th March 1841, from "Lady Nugent"; Publisher: Auckland, Te Wahine, Printers, 1941. 12 p.
  • From: University of Waikato Library