National Archives' records
Our collection includes records from Chris Watson's time as prime minister and member of parliament.
This is a selection of records from our collection.
- Letter from John Watson MP and associated correspondence about enforcing of minimum wage for workmen employed in connection with contracts for saddlery for military contingents, 1902 (A6443, 610)
- Watson ministry (27 Apr – 17 August 1904) – oaths and correspondence relating to appointments and resignations, 1904 (A5447, 5)
- Watson ministry (27 Apr – 17 August 1904) – oaths and correspondence relating to appointments and resignations, 1904 (A5447, 6)
- Request by the Prime Minister, Mr John Christian Watson, for a dissolution of the Commonwealth Parliament on the defeat of his Ministry, 1904 (A6661, 1079)
- Request by the Prime Minister, Mr John Christian Watson, to see the Governor-General in Melbourne, 1904 (A6661, 1151)
- Governor General’s Office – correspondence – concerning the fall of the Deakin Government and forming of the Watson (Labour) Government, 1904 (A6662, 237)
- Photostat copy of secret despatch from Governor-General to Secretary of State for the Colonies about Watson's government, 1904 (CP201/1, 1)
- Historic Memorials – portrait of Mr JC Watson, 1913-15 (CP103/11, 306)
- Hon. JC Watson – appointment as Honorary Organiser in regard to scheme to provide employment for returned soldiers – also appointment of Mr DJ Quinn as secretary, 1915-17 (A2, 1916/3631)
- Suggestions by John Christian Watson, Honorary Organiser, federal parliamentary War Committee, regarding a proposed scheme in the Rutherglen area to raise funds for the benefit of returned soldiers, 1916-17 (A2479, 17/1410)
- Watson, JC about Aungur Limb (artificial limbs for returned soldiers), 1917 (A2479, 17/507)
- Decision to invite Mrs JC Watson (Mrs Antonia Watson), wife of former Prime Minister John Christian Watson, to the opening of parliament at Canberra, 1926 (A6680, DY16/3)
- Condolences – Watson, The Hon John Christian, 1941-42 (A461, 700/1/452)
- JC Watson, ex Prime Minister, biographical notes, 1957 (A463, 1957/1995)
For details of the records on Chris Watson held by the National Archives and other institutions, you can use Our first six: guide to archives of Australia's prime ministers.
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