The Richmond River Express and Tweed Advertiser NSW
13 march 1903
Man with a Record. —
On the 25th February the oldest resident of Yarramalong, near Wyong, passed, to the silent majority, at the age of 69 years.
The late Mr. James Waters, J.P., father of Mrs. John Lancaster, Casino, had resided in the Yarramalong district for 47 years, and was so mixed up in all public and social affairs that his departure will be greatly felt.
Having a good general knowledge of surgery and medicine, his services proved valuable in days and at times when no medical practitioner was procurable, and no matter the distance or the state of the weather he always cheerfully answered a sick call.
He is credited with, having been the inventor of the disc, circular, saw used for cutting felloes, although he did not patent his invention, and at the time of his death owned one of the best little mills, for making felloes in the State, a large quantity of which he regularly exported to West Australia.
He was the first to grow sugarcane and arrowroot in his district, and subsequently took several prizes for the manufactured articles at shows.
Mr. Waters was a member of the School Board, president and secretary of the Progress Association, president of the Yarramalong Cricket Club, president of the Gun Club, a trustee, of several cemeteries and, when the roads of the district were under trustees he was chairman sec of the Trust.
He called the first meeting to advocate the connection of Sydney and Newcastle by rail, and also took a keen and active interest in politics.
He was twice married, his first wife being a Miss Thompson, of the Hunter River district, by whom he had eight children, Mrs; John Lancaster being his, oldest daughter.
His second wife was a Miss Woodbury of Yarramalong, to whom nine children were born; and it is 'worthy of note' that fifteen of his children followed his remains to their last resting place.
The deceased was an expert violin player, as many old residents will recollect when they bring back to memory the pleasant parties they attended.
Ripe in years, and honoured by all who knew him, Mr. Waters has passed quietly to his full reward.