Reg Watson
Politically incorrect and proud of it!

Tasmanian historian, writer, journalist and researcher.

Full name: Reginald Andrew Wentworth Watson. (Mr)

Pen-Name: REG. A. WATSON.

Email Address:

Phone: INTERNATIONAL: + 61 3 62438597

NATIONAL: (03) 6243 8597


Tasmanian Crime Stories - True Tasmanian Crime stories that made headlines in the 20th Century.

You are invited to the launch of Reg's latest book to be held on Tuesday 25 November 12:30-2:00pm

Library, Lincoln Street, Lindisfarne (Next to the Lindisfarne Civic Centre

Reg is a full time, professional writer and freelance journalist. He has many major publications to his credit, most dealing with Tasmanian history, including military. In November 2010 l released 'TASMANIAN WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT (written with Kate Carlisle)  $40 ($50 posted) a box set of three booklets. His other major release is THEY SERVED WITH DISTINCTION - A Compendium of Tasmanian Military History. (Nov 2009). $49-95. Previous to this  was TASMANIAN CRIME STORIES; a marvellous book dealing with true and detailed Tasmanian crime. ($20). Another recent publication was TASMANIA! a saga of a pioneering family. Released October 2006 -$20. Prior was, LT JOHN BOWEN AND THE FOUNDING OF TASMANIA.($20).- celebrating 200th years of Tasmanian history.

Other works include, 'WATSON'S TASMANIA' - a Collection of selected Historical Works from Tasmania's Past ($20). A  work on "THOMAS FRANCIS MEAGHER" ($15) now in its fourth edition. Thomas was an Irish exile to Van Diemen’s Land who escaped to the USA in 1852, finally dying under mysterious circumstances in Montana. There is also a  work, entitled, "HEROES ALL" (RRP $18) which deals with the Tasmanian fatalities of the Anglo-Boer War at the turn of the century. Other major works are: "All Tasmanian Personnel who died during World War Two", (RRP $25)"Tasmanian soldiers who died in World War One" (RRP $15), and "The Scandalous Adventures of Captain Frederick Wentworth Watson" - A Tasmanian cad and rake (RP $20 - a quadology). Some of the smaller works include, "The Watson Family History" (RRP $20), "The Tasmanian War (RRP $10)" (Report on the history of the White-Aboriginal relations in colonial Tasmania), "Pioneers of Tasmania" (RRP $18), "Lieutenant Walter Oliphant Arnot" (RRP $10) (South Australian Boer War veteran), "A Tasmanian Participation in the Forgotten War "(RRP $10), "Canadian/American Exiles to Van Diemen’s Land" (RRP $10);"Distinguished Tasmanian historical Parliamentarians "(RRP $5)

 * RRP=recommended retail price. For postage add 10 per cent. (For overseas please contact the author)

His journalism has seen him contribute many hundreds of articles, dealing with human interest, feature work and news reporting, to various newspapers and magazines state-wide, nation-wide and overseas. He is also a trade reporter, including medical reporting. He regularly contributes to the Sydney trade publishing House, Yaffa Publishing.

Reg has recently produced a web page on the Irish Exiles to Van Diemen's Land.


He has a number of distinctions such as being mentioned in Debrett’s "Who’s Who in Australia", "Thorpe’s "Who’s Who in Australian Writers". He is also mentioned in "International Authors and Writer’s Who’s Who" (Cambridge); "Who’s Who in Australasia and Pacific" (Cambridge); "Five hundred leaders of Influence " 1997 (American Biographical Institute Inc); "Who's Who in the 21st Century" (Cambridge); and "Man of Achievement Award 2002." He is often a guest on local television and radio and speaker at various clubs and functions. Honorary Member Tasmanian Military & Historical Society.


Mr Watson is also a keen political observer and follows current affairs with great interest. A great believer in heritage and patriotism he is President and Founder of the heritage group, The Anglo-Keltic Society (TAK) as he is of the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian National Flag Association (ANFA). Other responsibilities include, Member of The Naval, Military and Air Force Club of Tasmania Inc; Tasmanian Convenor for Australians for Constitutional Monarchy; Delegate to the the United CommonwealthSocieties, committee member of the Hobart Town (1804) First Settlers Association.(Ticket holder number 2) and committee member of the Lindisfarne Historical Society. Being an historian he is a member of the Australian/American Civil War Round Table; the Boer War Study Group, Royal Australian Artillery Association of Tasmania, (Historical Wing), member of the Soldiers Walk (Hobart) and a member of Lindisfarne Returned Service Club in southern Tasmania.


His late father, Reginald Gordon Watson, was a Rats of Tobruk man, his grandfather, Frederick Wentworth Watson, a Trooper in the Second Tasmanian Bushmen, (2IB) Boer War.  His mother was the late Ann Alma, nee Payne. He has four daughters, Kylie (Mrs Ryan) Kate (Mrs Norma), Elspeth - Elly and Grace (Mrs Kleywegt). An ancestor was H.B. Marriott Watson, a famous writer in England. The family history web site can be seen here.

Living on the eastern-shore area not far from the centre of Hobart, capital of Tasmania, he has lived all his life in the island State. He is a 6th generation Tasmanian and a 6th generation Australian, an ancestor, Richard Morgan, arriving on the First Fleet in 1788 while another, John Wade, arrived in Tasmania at Sullivan’s Cove, under David Collins (the first permanent British settlement of Tasmania) in 1804. The first WATSON of his line arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) in 1826 by the name of Brereton Ross Porter Pemberton Rolla Watson.

A strong believer in autonomy for Tasmania he has stated that he classes himself as a "Tasmanian Australian" and has studied, had published and lectured on Secession for Tasmania or what he prefers to call, "Independence for Tasmania". He has studied and had work published on the Tasmanian State Flag, material of which has been accepted by the Australian Government publication "Australian Flags".

One of Mr Watson's projects is to remind Tasmanian's of thier British heritage and the impact it still has on modern society. Mr Watson has also written on the life John Bowen RN founder of Tasmania and more information can be found here.


For recreation he has been a keen fisherman, hunter, UFOologist, Ripperologist (Jack the Ripper), a fencer in foil, epee and sabre, lover of books, collector of stamps, coins, bank notes and First-Day covers. A great reader, his main concerns are with the literature classics, history and conservative political material. A great believer in the concept that "one can tell a man by the books " he collects mainly quality hard-cover material. As for music he loves all kinds, but "heavy metal and hard rock is out". With art, traditional styles are best, with little appreciation of what is termed, "modern". While enjoying live theatre, he finds a great deal of what is offered in today’s society in the form of entertainment as "unacceptable". Describing himself as a "conservative, reserved person," his heroes are T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), Malcolm Muggeridge, Elbert Hubbard ("The writer is great whom you alternatively love and hate. That writer is great whom you cannot forget."), Dr. Thomas Arnold ("Do consider the immense strength of that single verse, 'Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind".) and Alex Solzhenitsyn. Favourite writer, Oscar Wilde.


Reg is the originator of the annual above-mentioned event. This is the only one of its kind in Australia. Held annually in the first and secondweek in June in Hobart and Launceston, it highlights Tasmania's involvement in the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). Held both in Hobart and in Launceston. See website for more details.


Reg on ABC 7:30 REPORT regarding Tasmania's first and certainly one of Australia's first military action of World War One.

ABC News Story


He works from his cottage at Bowen Park (post code 7016), which he has named after the WATSON ancestral Castle of Rockingham (Rutland, England). He can be contacted by email on Please inquire re availability of his publications re email or write to address as listed previously. Check his face book page.