Historical information

This book has been in the collection of the Warrnambool and District Historical Society for many years and little is known of its origins.
‘Anne Watson’ may be Annie Watson, nee Grant (1830-1906), the wife of John Watson who came to Victoria in 1855 and had a farm in the Cudgee area. There is a reference to a ‘G. Geary’ as a member of the Belfast (Port Fairy) Choral Society in 1860.


This is an early memento of settlers in the Warrnambool area and their religious adherence and, as such, is of some interest.

Physical description

This is a hard cover book of 391 pages. The cover is brown leather with gold lettering on the spine. The pages are gilt-edged. The inscription is handwritten in black ink. There are two mauve stamps of the Warrnambool and District Historical Society on the front and back pages. The cover is a little scuffed.

Inscriptions & markings

‘Presented to Anne Watson by her nephew, Godfrey N. B. Geary, Oct. 4th 1856’.