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Timothy Booth

Timothy Booth, one of 200 convicts transported on the China, 03 January 1846

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Timothy Booth
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 26th December, 1824
Occupation: Miner
Date of Death: 27th January, 1894
Age: 69 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: York Assizes
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: China
Departure date: 3rd January, 1846
Arrival date: 16th May, 1846
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/15, Page Number 10
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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D Wong on 29th October, 2015 wrote:

Timothy was 21 years old when transported for “Highway robbery and stealing money from Mr Clayton”

Timothy was the son of Thomas Booth and Rebecca nee Fleetwood and his native place was Morpeth, Yorkshire.

Timothy arrived in May 1846, was sent to Norfolk Island and returned to VDL per ‘Pestongee Bomangee in May 1847.

Timothy was 5’7 ½” tall, sallow complexion, black hair, brown eyes, scar on forehead right side of head, scar back of right arm, marks of powder left hand, mark under right eye.

8/2/1853: TOL
15/1/1856: CP

21/4/1856: Married Margaret Elizabeth Caine in Richmond.  They lived in the Campbell Town district.  They could have had as many as 12 children.

27/1/1894: Timothy died at Campbell Town of Pleurisy and heart disease. He was listed as a labourer.
Margaret Caine Booth died in 1898.

Lee on 5th September, 2020 wrote:

Timothy Booth, Committed Highway Robbery alongside Luke Bentley. They were tried together and embarked on the China together to Norfolk Island.
Embarked: 26th Dec 1845
Date of departure:  4th Jan 1846
Date of arrival Norfolk Island: 16th May 1846
Date of arrival VDL: 19th May 1847

Timothy and Luke were both assigned to Mr Fisher of Sandy Bay, Tasmania

D Wong on 5th September, 2020 wrote:

Morning Post London, England
16 Jul 1845
Luke Bentley and Timothy Booth were charged with highway robbery and violence.
On the 29th of April, the prosecutor, Mr. Shackleton, was attending a shooting party at Allerton, near Clayton.  He remained there over night, and the next night, at about twelve o’clock, was on his way home to Clayton, accompanied by several other persons.  He had occasion to remain a little while being on the road, and, thinking to overtake his companions, went across some fields for that purpose, and there fell in with four ment, two of whom were the prisoners at the bar.  Bentley knocked him down after following him some distance, and gave him severe blows.
The prosecutor exclaimed, “Don’t kill me; if its my brass you want, take it.”  The other man (afterwards admitted to be Booth) then came up.  Bentley then rifled Mr. Shackleton’s pockets, and took from him six half-crowns and six or seven shillings, and both the men then ran away.
The prisoners were found Guilty.

Convict Changes History

Winston Hopton on 28th October, 2015 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 29th October, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 26th December, 1824 (prev. 0000), date of death: 27th January, 1894 (prev. 0000)

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