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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Watson, Henry Brereton Marriott

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Watson, Henry Brereton Marriott, B.A., the eldest son of the Rev. H. C. M. Watson (q.v.), of St. John's, Christchurch, N.Z., was born on Dec. 20th, 1863, at Caulfield, Melbourne, of which parish his father was then incumbent. At the age of nine he was taken to New Zealand, on the occasion of his father's appointment to the cure of St. John's, Christchurch, and was educated at the grammar school of that town, and afterwards at Canterbury College. In May 1883 he graduated at the New Zealand University, and came to England early in 1885, where he has since lived. In 1887 Mr. Watson took up journalistic work, and was a frequent contributor to the St. James's Gazette and other papers. In 1888 he published "Marahuna: a Romance" (Longmans), and in the spring of 1890, "Lady FaintHeart" (Chapman & Hall), a novel in three volumes. Mr. Watson, who is now a regular contributor to the National (late Scots) Observer, has published a tale of adventure in the Maori war, called " The Web of the Spider" (Hutchinson & Co., 1891). He is joint author with Mr. J. M. Barrie, the novelist, of a play called Richard Savage, which was produced at a Criterion matinee in April 1891.