WATSON EATON, HIS GOLD MINING BROTHER, AND THE GRIFFITH FAMILY, NEAR DROMANA, VIC., AUST.
POSTSCRIPT 21-4-2017.BERNARD HAS BEEN DELETED FROM THE JOURNAL'S TITLE BECAUSE IT NOW SEEMS THAT WATSON EATON'S BROTHER AND MAUD AUSTRALIA EATON'S FATHER WAS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN EATON WHO DIED AT DROMANA IN 1894.B.F.EATON WAS LISTED IN BAILLIERE'S 1868 AND 1870 ALPHABETICAL DIRECTORIES AS A CRESWICK RACE OWNER BUT AN 1888-9 DIRECTORY HAD RECORDED IN THE ALPHABETICAL LIST: BERNARD EATON, MINER, DROMANA. THE SAME LISTING APPEARED IN WISE'S 1884-5 DIRECTORY, CONVINCING ME AT THE TIME, THAT THE B IN B.F.EATON STOOD FOR BERNARD.
When he was writing A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA (published after his death), Colin McLear had no TROVE to help him and unfortunately Miss Maude Eaton of Dromana had died in her 90's two or more decades earlier, in 1956. He probably assumed that Watson had received some medical training before leaving America with Abraham Griffith Snr. (and his gold mining brother, Mr Eaton.)
The index in Colin's book reads in part:
Eaton, Mr [gold miner] 54,68,69,72, 114, 156
Eaton, Watson 69,72,114,121,132
Eaton's Cutting 79.
FROM MY LONG-NEGLECTED D.R.A.M.A. ON TROVE.(HISTORY OF DROMANA,ROSEBUD AND MILES AROUND.)
EATON. Watson Eaton and his previously unidentified brother (whom I’ll call P.U. for the moment) came to Australia from Philadelphia with the Griffiths and they farmed together on Jamieson’s Special Survey alongside settlers such as the McLears, Peateys and Clydesdales. Watson (had spent time studying medicine-WRONG) and was lauded for caring for the health of people far and wide before he died in 1877 following a fall while riding to a patient. He had settled on 150 acres on the west side of the south end of Eatons Cutting Rd and Rebecca Griffith, his executrix, received the grant. P. U. whose name was actually Bernard, had spent time on the gold fields, being at one stage a race* owner at Creswick. By the late 1880’s he was back in Dromana, operating a gold mine at the Tubbarubba diggings east of Moats Corner and employing the lads from the Moat, Peatey and Clydesdale families, which now lived near his mine. Bernard’s daughter, Maude, lived in Dromana until her death, her rates most likely being paid by Benjamin Eaton, a librarian who was possibly her brother. Harry Eaton must have been another brother. (*A race was a channel carrying water to mines for sluicing.)
The above was probably written in 2011 and I felt pretty smug. I don't like mysteries and after about six months I'd found the given name of Watson's gold mining brother. I did not expect an even more spectacular discovery. This is what I wrote on a "WANT TO EXPLORE DROMANA'S HISTORY?" sheet that I handed out to very appreciative families on the Dromana foreshore yesterday (Australia Day)in order to increase interest in the Dromana Historical Society museum.
"Watson Eaton,who served as the area's doctor for many years,never attended university or had any medical training but after his death in 1877 residents honoured his services with a marble memorial which can be seen in the museum."
The purpose of this journal is to provide a parking space for the article about an inquest etc. in which Watson testified that he'd never attended university or had any medical training. I have spent two fruitless hours trying to find it on trove, it is not in my Peninsula Dictionary,D.R.A.M.A. ON TROVE, or apparently in any of my journals. BUT I WILL NEVER GIVE UP.
POSTSCRIPT. Thursday, 19-2-2015.
I didn't give up my quest to find the article but eventually conceded that I would never find it using trove so last night I tried another tack. Extract from my comment at about 2 a.m. last night.
by itellya on 2015-02-18 09:11:44
THIS IS WHAT I'VE SPENT YEARS LOOKING FOR. I EVENTUALLY FOUND THE ARTICLE BY TRACING MY EARLY JOURNALS BACK TO WHERE I HAD GIVEN THE SOURCE FOR WATSON EATON'S ADMISSION AND IT WASN'T AT AN INQUEST AS I HAD THOUGHT.
THIS IS WHY I HADN'T FOUND IT ON TROVE.
A\ atson 1 aton a fauna neai rtnimna -
I have been pnetismg medicine foi the last
20 jems I mu not a icgistei.d pnctitionei
Neva was at a univasitj Iliac is no
dot toi ni the neighbourhood
AND IN ENGLISH!
Watson Eaton, a farmer near Dromana-
I have been practising medicine for the last 20 years. I am not a registered practitioner. Never was at a university. There is no doctor in the neighbourhood. (P.6,Argus,3-2-1873.) etc.
on 2015-01-27 01:48:48
Itellya is researching local history on the Mornington Peninsula and is willing to help family historians with information about the area between Somerville and Blairgowrie. He has extensive information about Henry Gomm of Somerville, Joseph Porta (Victoria's first bellows manufacturer) and Captain Adams of Rosebud.