- 14 June 1885
Staines, Middlesex, England
- 21 May 1970
Petersfield, Hampshire, England
Watson was born at Middlesex, England, and studied natural sciences at Cambridge. He travelled to Western Australia as a member of a scientific expedition in 1910 and 1911, and visited again in 1912. His experiences in the Australian bush later figured in his fiction. As well as coming to Australia, Watson travelled extensively in Canada and the Pacific, the Middle East and Northern Europe. He wrote more than thirty books, including works of natural history, fiction, autobiography and volumes of poetry and essays. His Australian-based novels include Where Bonds are Loosed (1914), The Desert Horizon (1923) and The Partners (1933), the last of which was banned from circulation in Australia by the Commonwealth Book Censorship Board.