Arts and Entertainment

Bill Watson, a descendant of Annie Broadhead nee Hicks, daughter of James and Margaret Hicks, has revealed some interesting movie history of fellow Hicks-Watson desendant, Claude Watson.

Claude Frederick Watson, a great grandson of Annie Broadhead nee Hicks, was often an Assistant Director on many high profile 1950-60’s movies – Zulu, They’re a Weird Mob, Isadora, Blowup, Oh What a Lovely War and the Virgin Soldiers – more from British Film Institute – BFI – TCM list. Claude, who lived in Randwick, started out as an actor, but switched to the other side of the camera.  The Australian Women’s Weekly interviewed Claude in its February 7 1962 issue click – see also a mention of Claude in the Peter Finch interview during filming of the Pumpkin Eater.

Music – Mary Constance (Molly) Callcott – Music Teacher – taught piano in Thirroul including Thirroul School Teacher Pat Bowyer

Art – Julie daughter of Joan won a State Prize at 6 years old – subsequently becoming a high school art teacher – Julie’s daughter studied Graphic Design and Commerce at University, working in London in the field

A painting from 1870-1880 may have been painted by Mary Ann Hicks

Painting of Old Bulli - Wesleyan Church, Coal Train and School 1870s - believed to be done by, or for, Mary Ann Hicks

Painting of Old Bulli – Wesleyan Church, Coal Train and School 1870s – believed to be done by, or for, Mary Ann Hicks

Dance – Julie’s daughter danced and taught dance until leaving for London in 2006 – was part of a dance troupe which danced at Disneyland USA

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