Jean Watson was awarded a British Empire Medal (The Order of the British Empire, Civil) for service to the community on the Queen's Birthday List, 1979. Watson was a member of the Society of Australian Genealogists for 35 years, refusing any sort of remuneration for her voluntary service. She worked in various capacities, including honorary secretary for 15 years and later, council vice-president and vice-patron. Watson was also employed for 38 years at the Royal Exchange Assurance Company, beginning as a typist and retiring as head of personnel. She participated in the Business and Professional Women's Club of Sydney, and was a member of the Royal Australian Historical Society, The National Trust (New South Wales), the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Garden Club of Australia.
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