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Zoe Button (c. 1877–1948)

Zoe Button (c. 1877–1948), née Watson, also known as Zoe Clements and Zoe Murdoch, was born at Kynuna in the late 1870s, daughter of MaryAnn Watson (b. c. 1862), an Aboriginal woman from Hamilton Downs, north-west of Winton, Queensland. She was a foster mother to Andrew (Jack) O'Chin at Barambah (later Cherbourg) Aboriginal Settlement. She died at the Lazaret on Fantome Island in 1948.

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Alternative Names
  • Watson, Zoe
  • Clements, Zoe
  • Murdoch, Zoe

c. 1877
Kynuna, Queensland, Australia


10 April, 1948 (aged ~ 71)
Fantome Island, Queensland, Australia

Cause of Death


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