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George Booth

Male 1834 - 1873  (39 years)


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  • Name George Booth  [1
    Born 1834  Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Emigration Oct 1851  "Minden' Arrived as a convict. Shipped from England to the Swan River Colony. Arrived as a part of the first lot of convicts. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age at Death (Facts Pg) 40 yrs Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation BEF. 4 Jun 1861  Farmer, - 100 Acres Tillage lease 120 acres Tillage Lease (1862); Farmer, Agricultural labourer, (1873); Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Death Reference 1873  6612 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Labourer, (24.8.1868); Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Greenough WA, (1861); Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 1 May 1873  Irwin River, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Cause: Unknown Causes 
    Buried Irwin Cemetery, Western Austral Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • I have just finished reading (on inter library loan ) "The Logbook of John
      Gorman" which has been transcribed by FH Broomhall..from the original
      manuscript witten aboard the Minden on its voyage to Australia in 1851...

      It was interesting that John Gorman conducted a School after his
      arrival...(the book is not clear on dates..schooling occured) .
      Charges were 6d and I guess that may have been per week,..when we look at
      the pension of 1/- per day or thereabouts as most pensioner's were paid.
      There were apparently two sessions...Day School 12 students and Night
      School...7 students.. (Lookups for this week only..the book must go back at
      the weekend)
      The seven night school students must have had some sort of work during the
      day..which kept them from attending day classes..
      John Campbell, (most probably the son of John Campbell EPG of Minden) was a
      Night School student In 1851/52 he would have been 13/14 atr the time..
      It would be interesting to find out what sort of work these young boys did .
      Cheers
      Gay



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      George Booth is thought to have ben born in 1826 at Huddersfield in Yorkshire, England. His father's name was John Booth a Blacksmith and it is thought that his mother's name was Hannah.

      On the 3rd December in the 12th Year of the rign of Queen Victoria (1848), George Booth, Henry Jackson, George Storey and Thomas Turner in the Borough of Manchester 'feloniously did break and enter" the Warehouse of Thomas Hallam and 'in the said Warehouse feloniously did steal, take, and carry away", -

      "Two Coats of the value of one penny each,
      Two pairs of trousers to the value of one penny each,
      Two yards of woollen cloth to the value of one penny each, and
      one yard of cotton cloth to the value of one penny each".

      Thomas Turner and George Booth had both been convicted of 'several felonies; at the General Sessions of the Peace at Salford on the 31.05.1846 ans so both were sentenced to seven years transportation. Henry Jackson and George Storey received a sentence of 12 months hard labour at Lancaster Castle.

      On 05.04.1849 George was removed from "The House of Correction, Salford, to the County Gaol and House of Correction, Leicester on his way to the Convict Huck "Warrior: anchored in the Woolwich Dockyard on the Thames River.

      The ship he was to be transported on was "The Hired Convict Ship Minden" of 916 tons drawing 16ft of water. It was built at Sunderland in 1848 and was chartered on 06.06.1851 for "The Conveyance of 196 Male Convicts to Western Australia".

      The ship's Master was Captain R.D. Crawford and the Surgeon Superintendant was John Gibson. The "Minden" was to embark convicts at Woolwich, Portsmouth, Cowes (Parkhurst Boys), Portland and Plumouth, the total number being 302.

      On 05.07.1851 late in the afternoon the "Minden" sailed from Woolwich, with a steady fair wind in tow of a steamer which continued with it for three hours". When the breeze freshened the cast off, but about 09:00 o'clock, when the wind died the anchor was cast.

      At 09:00 am on 21.07.1851 the "Minden" cleared the breakwater at Plymouth. It was a delightful morning with a light wind.

      With the loading of the last convicts at Plymouth, George Booth and his 301 fellow convicts aboard the hired convict ship "Minden" were about to become a part of an era in WA history, an era that many wished to forget and indeed concealed for many years. It was September 1981 before the grandchildren or great grand children of George Booth were to discover his mode of "Transport" t this country.

      On the lenghty vouage of the "Minden" a strict routine was maintained by the Surgeon Superintendent, John Gibson, to ensure discipline and the good healt of all aboard the ship.
      Each day the convicts awoke before daybreak. On alternate days a division of convicts were, in regular succession, to be on deck at daylight with beds lashed and ready for stowing. When on deck they exercised and washed and were ready for inspection with bare arms and legs. This all had to be completed in time to allow the rest of the prisoners to come on deck, stow their bed, wash their face and hands and comb their hair in good time before breakfast which was as soon as possible after 08:00 am.

      Dinner was at 01:00 pm and supper not later than 04:00 pm. Decks were swept after each meal with two convicts from each Mess to attend and see all rations issued.
      Water closets were cleaned daily and inspected personally by John Gibson, these convicts were allowed freedom for the day, if the closets met the strict standards required.
      Clothes washing days were Tuesdays and Fridays, to wash on other days was forbidden. Special Lines were erected for clothing, "as accidents had occurred by doing so in the rigging".

      Wednesdays and Saturdays were shaving days, while Sundays was divine service.

      All were to be in bed by 08:30 pm when noise must cease. It was forbidden for convicts to communicate with ships company or guard.

      Four deaths occurred on the voyage of 85 days. The total number of the ship when it arrived in Fremantle was 459.

      After breakfast each day, half the convicts were at school in the "Prison", while the other half were on the upper deck making up garments and shoemaking. These were reversed in the afternoon, to ensure each person had the benefit of fresh air daily.

      Their day concluded after supper at 04:00 and then beds were made up and all convicts were allowed on deck and actively encouraged in "diversions such as dancing, music, leap frogs and the boxing gloves". The roll was called each night.

      To combat scurvy lime juice and wine mixed together with water and sugar were regularly served after dinner and each man was personally checked by John Gibson to ensure it was drunk. A bilge water odour caused great discomfort to all, but after pumping dry the bilges and after a liberal application of chloride of zinc down the pumps and air holes it disappeared.

      On 14th September with the sun streaming through the stern ports the "Minden" sailed on without motion, but 23rd September as the ship sailed south it became bitterly cold with sleet and occasional squalls. On 30th September the Captain calculated that they were 10-12 days from Fremantle, people were hoping that the voyage would soon end. The cramped conditions and cold were troubling some passengers.

      As the voyage was drawing to a slose the weather improved and everyone was experiencing for the first time the pleasant weather associated with that time of the year in the Swan River Colony. By 13th October they were 96 miles from their destination. John Gibson was busy distributing clothing to the convicts. One blue shirt, fustin trousers, jacket and waistcoat, bluecap, two handkerchiefs, one pair of socks and a pair of stockings.
      Those aboard the "Minden" showed their appreciation of the attitude of John Gibson to all by drawing up and signing a petition thanking him for his care and assistance during the voyage. His guidance must have been sought by many as to the state of the "Swan River Colony", for his was in charge of the first convicts to arrive d on the "Scindian" in 1850. In sixteen months he had seen the Port of Fremantle altered from a "dead, deserted looking fishing haven, to a busy bustling nucleus of commerce" and he had "no doubt that WA will in the long run become as flourishing as her sister colonies".

      On 14th October 1851, George Booth and his fellow convictw were granted a Ticket of Leave. When ashore this would allow them to seek work in an approved district and be free of prison walls and strict discipline, but had to report regularly to the authorities. Prior to leaving a district they had to obtain the permission of the Resident Magistrate and must produce hisTPL to anyone who requested to see it.

      The convicts started to make their way ashore on 18th October 1851 and it was to start another era in their lives. A life so contrasting to their previous ways.

      Greenough - Irwin Farmer 1862 - 100 Acres Tillage Lease 120 acres Tillage Lease.
    Person ID I1462  Walsh - Wilson Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 May 2008 

    Family Ellen Amelia Hunt,   b. 7 Feb 1846, Worth Matravers, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1899, Strawberry, Western australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 4 Jun 1861  The Usual place of Worhsip according to the rites and ceremonies of the English Church, Geraldton, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
    +1. Hannah Elizabeth Booth,   b. 3 Oct 1862, Victoria District, Greenough, Geraldton, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1896, Greenough, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     2. Mary Ann Booth,   b. 12 Jul 1864, Greenough, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1864, Greenough, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. John Henry Booth,   b. 7 Aug 1865, Greenough, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1868, Irwin River, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
    +4. Amy Amelia Booth,   b. 24 Aug 1868, Irwin, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1894, Dongara, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
    +5. Rebecca Booth,   b. ABT. 1870, Irwin, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1896, Yalgoo, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years)
    +6. George Booth,   b. 5 Apr 1873, Irwin River, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1948, Three Springs Hospital, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Family ID F585  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S04125] Marriage Certificate of Ellen Amelia Hunt and George Booth, Registrar Generals Office - Western Australia, (1838 / 1861).

    2. [S03059] Death Certificate of George Booth, Register Generals Office, W.A Australia, (6612 / 1873).

    3. [S04125] Marriage Certificate of Ellen Amelia Hunt and George Booth, Registrar Generals Office - Western Australia, (1838 / 1861).
      Married George Booth