My uncle was the author Lyall Watson. He was born Malcolm Lyall-Watson in Johannesburg, South Africa on 12th April 1939. He died in Gympie, Australia on 25th June 2008 and I had the privilege of being with him shortly before he passed away.
Lyall was my hero when I was a girl and he remains my inspiration to this day. He told the most amazing stories and, while I often took them with a pinch of salt, they planted a story-telling seed in me.
He did the most amazing things in his life … he was an adventurer and an explorer as well as being an author and he was the man behind the Moratorium on Commercial Whaling.
While he delighted in his notoriety and in giving interviews, he kept his real self very private.
I loved him so much and yet, when he died, I felt as if I’d hardly known him.
That’s one of the reasons that I’ve now started researching Lyall’s life. I plan to write a play about my journey to discover the man behind the myth. If I find out enough about him I may also try writing his biography.
I’ve been contacting the people I know who were in Lyall’s life – family members and friends – and asking them to share their memories with me. And now I’m asking the people I don’t know, who were also part of his life, if they would like to share their stories.
If you stumble on this page and you knew Lyall Watson and feel happy to share your memories with me, I would love to hear from you. You can make a comment on this page, or you can contact me by email: katherinelw [at] iprimus.com.au.
If you have memories you’d like to share but you’re worried about your privacy, rest assured that I will keep confidential anything you’d like kept confidential. I will check with you before publishing anything on this blog or in any other form.
I’ll be sharing my stories and memories in posts on this site and also adding photographs. To find posts I’ve written about Lyall, select ‘Lyall’ from the Category drop down field on the right of this screen
Photos of Lyall in 1972 here.