The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]
Mr. John Watson
Mr. John Watson is one of the members who represent Port Chalmers on the Otago Harbour Board. He was born at Pete[gap — reason: illegible] head, Scotland, and is a son of Captain Watson, dockmaster at Port Chalmers. Mr. Watson was a member of the borough council of Port Chalmers for a number of years, but retired when he revisited his native country in 1900, after an absence of thirty-six years. He was Mayor of Port Chalmers from 1893 to 1895, and during that period many important improvements were carried out in the borough. Mr. Watson is chairman of directors of the local gasworks, and was elected to a seat on the Otago Harbour Board in 1903. For over sixteen years he was connected with the volunteers, first in the Naval Brigade, and afterwards with the L Battery, until its disbandment. Mr. Watson is referred to in another article as a general draper and outfitter, and as an exporter of frozen rabbits.