Jean Catherine Watson

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Jean Watson was born in Whangarei on 28 October 1933 and grew up on a farm in the vicinity. She later moved to Wellington as a young woman, making a living as a freelance writer. She obtained a degree in religious studies from Victoria University of Wellington. It was while she was a student at Victoria University that she met Barry Crump, who would later achieve iconic status as a bushman and writer, and began a liaison with him. Crump was then married to Martina (Tina) Beatrice Anso and had two sons from the marriage. This marriage was dissolved in 1960. However, in 1962, Crump’s relationship with Jean was interrupted by his marriage to Fleur Adcock. It turned out to be a short and turbulent marriage, lasting only five months (Magner). Crump returned to Jean, and they decided to go…

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Citation: D'Cruz, Doreen. "Jean Catherine Watson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 January 2024 [, accessed 04 March 2024.]

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