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Grace Brandon and Dr John Ewart
Grace Brandon and Dr John Ewart
From Rev. Brian Brandon

Grace was born on the 12th of August. 1867 at Lower Clapton, the second child of Richard and Lucy Brandon. She was fourteen years old when she came to New Zealand. Although her brothers used to speak very highly of her, she did not travel as much as the other members of the family, and she died before any of her grandchildren were old enough to remember her, and so not as much is known of her.

When she was a teenager in Wanganui she became sick with Tetanus. With no antibiotic in those days, she was so ill, the doctor said there was only one thing left and that was to pray over her. He knelt beside the bed and prayed for her and she recovered. She was never very strong after this illness. She was small and slight in stature.

She trained as a nurse in Wellington Hospital, and was among the first group of nurses to graduate from a new 4 months course in 1988/89 that had been introduced by the Superintendent, Dr Truby King. It was not until 1901 that 3yr training for nurses began.

She was married in 1889 to Doctor John , an outstanding surgeon and superintendent of the Wellington Public Hospital. from 1889 to 1909. They had four children, Lucy, Edith (Daisy), Ian and David, who died as an infant. Ian followed in the footsteps of his parents and became a doctor. She had a number of miscarriages. The family lived in the Superintendent's house in the grounds of the hospital before moving to Willis Street.

Grace died from chronic gastritis and colitis on the 7th of September 1923, aged 56. Her husband, John, lived until 1939. 
 
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Greaves Brothers Bankruptcy
Greaves Brothers Bankruptcy
Lily is questioned in court about her husband's bankruptcy. Brother Henry Victor Wooster is also mentioned 
 
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H F Wooster Insolvent in 1874
H F Wooster Insolvent in 1874
Henry Featherstonehaugh Wooster was declared insolvent in July 1874 
 
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Hannah Wooster of Stratford, Connecticut
Hannah Wooster of Stratford, Connecticut
Hannah WOOSTER (daughter of Abram Wooster & Mary Walker) was born Feb 23, 1907 in Stratford, CT. She married 1st to ___ Cooke ( Source: The Reverend Abraham Beach, D.D. by Walter Herbert Stowe); she married 2nd, Elnathan Beach (his 2nd wife) on Dec 10, 1739 in Cheshire, CT. Their only child together was Rev. Abraham Beach. Elnathan died in 1742 when his son was only 2, and Hannah married a 3rd time to Dr. Jonathan Bull. Hannah had two children with Dr. Bull, Hannah 1745-1811 and Jonathan 1746-1825. When their daughter Hannah Bull died in 1811, the newspaper noted that she 'died at the home of her brother, the Rev. Dr. Beach' (source: Hale Collection of Cemetery Inscriptions and Newspaper Notices, 1629-1934), which validates, both were the children of Hannah WOOSTER.
Hannah Wooster Cooke Beach Bull died Feb 9, 1770 in Hartford, CT.
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The confusion appears to stem from the fact that this Hannah's 2nd husband Elnathan Beach had a son of the same name (by his first wife Abigail Ufford). This son married a Hannah COOK. (Hannah Cook 1722-1754, daughter of Samuel & Hannah Lewis Cook). The fact that Hannah Wooster's first husband was named COOKE has caused most sources to confuse the two.
(Information from contributor L. Finley) 
 
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Happy Valley Women's Institute
Happy Valley Women's Institute
Jeannie, her daughter Doreen and daughter-in-law Eveline were very active in the Happy Valley Women's institute, with Jeannie being President.
It appears Jeannie and Doreen in particular had some singing talent as described in this selection of reports from the Northern Advocate between 1935 and 1939. Several more reports can be found on the Papers Past website  
 
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Harold Wooster Arrives in New Zealand (1896)
Harold Wooster Arrives in New Zealand (1896)
Newspaper report of the arrival of the Aotea into New Zealand in September 1896. The newspaper report lists the same people as on the passenger list, including Harold Wooster 
 
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Harold Wooster Visits England (1904)
Harold Wooster Visits England (1904)
It appears Harold visited England in 1904, presumably to see family and friends.

Port of Departure: Sydney, Australia
Arrival date: 23 Apr 1904
Port of Arrival: London, England
Ports of Voyage: Plymouth
Ship Name: Orontes
Shipping line: Orient Steam Navigation Company Ltd
Official Number: 115707

Departure Date: 7 Oct 1904
Port of Departure: London, England
Destination Port: Sydney, Australia
Ship Name: Orontes
Master: J F Ruthven  
 
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Harry Worster Shaw Elected Alderman
Harry Worster Shaw Elected Alderman
MUNICIPALITY OF BOURKE.

NOTICE is hereby given that the undermentioned gentlemen have been elected as Aldermen:

For the East Ward— George Faithful, medical practitioner, Mitchell-st.

For the Central Ward— Malcolm Morrison, contractor, Green-fit.

For the West Ward— Harry Worster Shaw, butcher, Adelaide-st.

DAVID GRAY, Municipal Chamber, Bourke, Returning Officer.
13th February, 1892. 
 
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Henrietta Elizabeth Sivies (nee Wooster) in Dispute with Neighbour
Henrietta Elizabeth Sivies (nee Wooster) in Dispute with Neighbour
Henrietta Sivies (nee Wooster) in court proceeding against a neighbour in a dispute over an alleged loan and attempts to burn her house down.  
 
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Henrietta Elizabeth Sivies (nee Wooster) Sues For Maintenance (1931)
Henrietta Elizabeth Sivies (nee Wooster) Sues For Maintenance (1931)
Henrietta Elizabeth Sivies (nee Wooster) sues her husband for maintenance payments for her and their two daughters.  
 
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Henrietta Moira Wooster on Honour Board
Henrietta Moira Wooster on Honour Board
Henrietta on the Honour Board at the Broken Hill Technical College 
 
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Henry Featherstonhaugh Wooster and a Hawker's Licence
Henry Featherstonhaugh Wooster and a Hawker's Licence
Newspaper article about a complaint made by Henry Featherstonhaugh Wooster, asking for a refund on his hawker's licence. 
 
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Henry Wentworth Dillon - Liquidator
Henry Wentworth Dillon - Liquidator
London Gazette Report 1898 
 
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Henry Wentworth Dillon and his Shipping Business
Henry Wentworth Dillon and his Shipping Business
It seems that Henry may be in some way linked to the 4th Earl of Roscommon, Wentworth Dillon: Wikipedia link
In 1871 Henry was a book keeper in a ship owner’s office and was living at Claughton Cum Grange, Cheshire with his widowed mother and a lodger, Mark Henry Weighill, who was apprenticing in a cotton brokers office in Birkenhead. They formed a partnership called Dillon & Weighill, ship brokers and agents, but mutually dissolved the partnership in 1875.
Harrowing was the name of Henry’s second partner and there was a Robert Harrowing in Whitby, Yorkshire, who owned ships and also had dealings with John Weighill, father of Mark. Mark’s wife was Emma Alice Turnbull, whose brother and cousin moved to London and formed a shipping company in 1874 called Turnbull Scott and Company.
Henry’s sons continued as shipowners/shipbrokers until at least the 1930’s. Edward Wentworth Dillon even quitting playing first class cricket for Kent to concentrate on his business interests.
 
 
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Herbert and Gertrude Brandon (nee Twyman)
Herbert and Gertrude Brandon (nee Twyman)
From Rev. Brian Brandon

Herbert, my grandfather, was born on the 27th October, 1868, the third child of Richard and Lucy Brandon. He came with his family to NZ at age 13, where they settled in Wanganui. He had completed his schooling by this time. In his earlier years, he had experience as a builder, and built over 100 houses in Wanganui. His brother Fred helped him.

At some point he travelled, including a time when he was working in the goldfields in Perth. He also made one trip to England before the trip on which he married.

He bought a 1,000 acre farm at Hauturu, an isolated area towards the coast from Waitomo, in 1909. James and Adolphus had already purchased farms in the Hauturu area. He explains his reasons for switching from being a builder to a farmer as the better business opportunities. The land at this time was just being divided up for settling by a balloting system. The Oates brothers, who won the ballot for one of the farms, were not able to continue with it and so gave an opportunity for Herbert.

He paid 1,200 pounds to the owners for their goodwill in developing the land, and by 1914 he had to pay the original purchase price of 8/6 per acre. Only 200 acres of the farm was already felled. The farm was quite isolated, and because the roads were not completed, most of the goods required had to be packed on horseback 8 1/2 miles from Awaroa. From there it was a launch trip down the river and across the harbour to the west coast port of Kawhia, the closest town.

Shortly after arriving at the farm, Herbert observed Halley's comet, and had to explain to some frightened Maoris about it.

Herbert, and his brother Fred worked together to develop the farm, living in a hut at first. The brothers had to operate their own sawmill to hand cut logs into timber required for all building. They also had to fell much bush in order to make more land available for stock.

From early 1909, Herbert began corresponding with Gertrude Twyman, in England. He must have met her on his previous trip to England through his sister Edith, who was a good friend. Herbert urged Gertrude to come out to see NZ, extolling its virtues. But Gertrude did not want to come out because she was looking after her father who did not want her to leave home. But as the letter writing progressed, Herbert proposed to her. Because of the length of time it took the mails to travel and for an answer to come back, it must have taken considerable courage to wait for his reply. When the reply came back `No', Herbert patiently kept trying until eventually the decision was made and he travelled to England to marry Gertrude.

Herbert was 44, when in 1912 he married Gertrude Mary Anne Twyman, six years younger than himself, the daughter of Frederick and Anne Twyman, at Ramsgate, on his visit to England. They had two children, Ray and Aleck.

It must have been hard for Gertrude to come out to an isolated lifestyle of rural New Zealand, after the town life she was used to. Gertrude had a strong Anglican church upbringing. Her faith was very real to her, she had a sense of closeness to the Lord, and she prayed a lot at home on her own and with the family. She had a spiritual ability to sense when she was going to get a letter or when someone had died in England. She used to have regular contact with all the Anglican ministers who came to the Hauturu area who came in to take services. Gertrude also brought with her a gift of singing and a love for music. On one occasion she sang in a service before Queen Victoria. In the valley she was invited to sing at many church and social functions. She could sing classical and opera pieces. She was a soprano, and could reach some very high notes. She sang at Ray and Ruth's wedding. Herbert was also musical and used to play a violin at social occasions.

The family was brought up on music. They had a gramophone very early on with classical singing records. Both Herbert and Gertrude took part in plays that were home grown entertainment for the area.

Because of his previous work in building, Herbert was able to build his own house, though it took him 12 years to complete it. Building had to be fitted in between farm work and helping others with their building. As much of the house as possible was made with Totara, because it was the best timber to work with, resistant to splitting, and durable, and there was plenty of it growing in the bush. He also made his own furniture including an elaborate writing desk, beds, dressing table, and a mantel piece in the lounge, which had glass cases on each side for Gertrude's ornaments. He had an excellent set of tools and was good at drawing up plans.

From when he went to the farm, Herbert planned to use the scenic waterfall on the property to generate power for the farm. He installed it in 1927/28 and it continued to operate until about 1940, just a few years before they were hooked up to the national power grid. It was a 230 volts, 6 amp. power supply which was only just enough to operate either the shearing shed or the house lights on their own, but not both together. There was a big loss of power in the line which was over a mile long.

He worked hard, getting up early in the morning and working until late at night. He was a wiry man, full of energy. In the evenings he would often write letters. He involved himself in the issues of the day, and the needs of the community. He was keen on the Douglas economic theory (Social Credit), and would write to all the Prime Ministers, local MP's, and Sam Craig, the first editor of the `King Country Chronicle'', expressing his views. For a long time he had a battle with the authorities to get the roads extended and improved, especially with a Mr Alf Babbage, a neighbouring farmer and County Councillor for many years. Mr Babbage didn't want the road to go through to Waitomo because of the cost of repairs it would be to the Council. But it was a necessary improvement to Herbert, who wrote direct to the local MP, Mr Walter Broadford, until he got the road widened from the track it was, and then later to get it metaled.

During the depression, all the wool was saved for 4 years, a total of 130 bales. There was very little money from the sale of sheep. Ray and Aleck who had complete studies at that time, both worked on the farm without any pay. In 1934, he bought his first car, a 1933 V8 Ford. It was suitable for the roads, because of its high clearance to get through the mud. The car was delivered to their home, then Ray and Aleck had to drive it to Otorohanga via Te Raumoa to get a license. They didn't do to well in their test, especially with reversing the car, but the official granted them a license in order that they could drive the car home. Herbert never drove the car.

Both Herbert and Gertrude played an important part in the social life of the community of Hauturu Valley. Gertrude was an excellent entertainer, always busy with people who came in. A lot of relations came to stay because they knew she was such a good hostess. She liked pleasing people. She fed the shearers well because she knew they really appreciated it. There was a Maori family, the Tupu Mihi's who did some work on the farm - she would send food to them and bake a Christmas cake for them. She also fed the road gangs who had to live on the job in their tents or huts built of Punga sides and Nikau palm roof.

They were both keen gardeners. Herbert was keen on his fruit trees, strawberries, and rhubarb. Gertrude loved the flowers.

Over the last few years Herbert was ill, but he worked to the last. He died from cancer on November 29th, 1938. Gertrude survived him for some years, continuing to live on the farm. She died of coronary thrombosis in 1955. I remember attending her funeral service in the Anglican church at Otorohanga.
 
 
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HF Wooster - Back in Business
HF Wooster - Back in Business
Henry Featherstonehaugh Wooster, quoted as having a large selection of "eatables and drinkables" 
 
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HF Wooster - Publican 1870
HF Wooster - Publican 1870
Henry Featherstonehaugh Wooster was the publican at the Northern Australian hotel in Bowen in 1870.
It would appear that Henry's 1st cousin, Henry Brandon (1845-1899), who was a sugar pioneer, also owned a hotel in Bowen at the same time. 
 
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HF Wooster at the Welcome Inn Etheridge - Queensland
HF Wooster at the Welcome Inn Etheridge - Queensland
Henry Featherstonehaugh Wooster was the publican at the Welcome Inn, and was on the Etheridge Hospital Committee  
 
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Honours for Timothy Wooster? - Mayor Not Impressed
Honours for Timothy Wooster? - Mayor Not Impressed
In 1854 it would appear that Timothy was put forward for Aldermanic honours, but the Mayor of Hobart was somewhat less than impressed! 
 
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Horace Wooster - Town Councillor and Philosopher (I Drink Therefore I am)!
Horace Wooster - Town Councillor and Philosopher (I Drink Therefore I am)!
Horace's Story 
 
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Horace Worster Evicted
Horace Worster Evicted
A Horace Worster, a squatter, was evicted, along with his children in 1946. We believe this is James Horace M Worster. The article goes on to attack the state of housing in Canberra at the time. 
 
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Howard Robert Wooster & Ada Coates Wedding
Howard Robert Wooster & Ada Coates Wedding
Newspaper report on the wedding of Howard Robert wooster and Ada Ellen Coates in 1908 
 
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Howett Worster's Wife Seeks Divorce
Howett Worster's Wife Seeks Divorce
Alexander Howett Worster's wife, Mary Muriel seeks a divorce 
 
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Howett Worster's Wife Seeks Divorce - Kitty Reidy Named
Howett Worster's Wife Seeks Divorce - Kitty Reidy Named
Alexander Howett Worster's wife Muriel Mary seeks a divorce, with actress Kitty Reidy named 
 
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Howett Worster's Wife Sues
Howett Worster's Wife Sues
Alexander Howett Worster's wife (Muriel Mary Bennett) sues for maintenance 
 
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Innisfail Dance
Innisfail Dance
Newspaper report of Lorna Wooster at the Innisfail Dance in 1932, in aid of the Anglican Girls Society 
 
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Jack Stanley Wooster & Joyce May Leverington Engagement Announced
Jack Stanley Wooster & Joyce May Leverington Engagement Announced
 
 
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Jackie Convine Inquest
Jackie Convine Inquest
Inquest into the death of Jackie (John William) Convine 
 
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James and Ruth Brandon (nee Gilbert)
James and Ruth Brandon (nee Gilbert)
From Rev. Brian Brandon

James (Jum) was born on the 3rd of April, 1877, at 11 Cemetery Road, Peckham, Surrey, the 9th child of Richard and Lucy.

He married Ruth Gilbert, the sister of Millicent, at St Lawrence's Anglican Church, Wanganui, on the 20th of April, 1911. There were five children from the marriage, Grace, Lila, Nancy, Colin and Eileen, all born in Wanganui.

He had a moustache as a young man, and one day when he decided to cut it off without telling his family, the children didn't recognise him.

He purchased a farm at Hauturu up the road from Herbert, in partnership with the Turners. At one stage he had a bad accident, cutting his foot with an axe - and had quite a lot of time off from that. He left the farm in 1921, and they bought a 15 acre farm at Okoia, 5 miles south of Wanganui. They were not very prosperous times because of the depression. They milked cows on the farm, and to supplement his income, James worked at the Okoia Dairy factory for some years.

He also did some work at the freezing works in town. James was a more public man than the rest of the family. He was Chairman of the Okoia Dairy factory (South Wanganui). Their farm was sold during the war years, and they moved to a home that was built in 15 Boydfield Street, Wanganui. Ruth was musical, and played the piano and sung in the choir at St. Lawrence's for many years before her marriage. She also taught music.

James died in Wanganui on the 28th of September, 1959, and Ruth on the 17th of September, 1968.  
 
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James Wooster Constable of Bradley (Bradenham?) - 1842
James Wooster Constable of Bradley (Bradenham?) - 1842
Constable James Wooster involved in a case with a stolen bill hook. 
 
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James Wooster Convicted of Assault (1848)
James Wooster Convicted of Assault (1848)
James Wooster convicted of assaulting John Hailey at Chepping Wycombe (High Wycombe).
Who was the Joseph Wooster convicted of stealing coal in Aylesbury on the same day?  
 
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James Wooster Holleron - 60th Wedding Anniversary
James Wooster Holleron - 60th Wedding Anniversary
Newspaper article about the 60th Wedding anniversary of James Wooster Holleron and Daphne Rowlings. 
 
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James Wooster Holleron - Royal New Zealand Navy Publication (Obituary)
James Wooster Holleron - Royal New Zealand Navy Publication (Obituary)
HOLLERON, James Wooster 10382. Able Seaman Royal NZ Navy WW 2 2.5.1926. Suddenly and peacefully at Hawkes Bay Hospital on April 20, 2015. Dearly loved Husband and best mate of the late Daphne. Much loved Father of Brett and Farideh, Glenys and Bob, and the late Garry and Rhonda. Cherished Grandad of Scott and Catherine, Kim and Ben, Lisa and Fin and Kara. Dearly loved Great Grandad of Tony, Callum, Scarlett and Monty. Last of the gang of 10 – now together again. Our sincere appreciation to Dr Brian Hitchcock and the wonderful staff at The Doctors Hastings for the excellent care provided. A celebration of Jim's life will be held at St Francis Co-operating Parish, Ferry Road, Clive on Friday April 24, 2015 at 1.30pm. In Lieu of flowers, donations to Cranford Hospice would be appreciated and may be left at the service. Messages to the Holleron Family c/- PO Box 8424, Havelock North, 4157. 
 
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Jeremiah Challenger Wooster - Cabinet Maker
Jeremiah Challenger Wooster - Cabinet Maker
A report of Jeremiah Challenger Wooster making a gift for the officers who recovered stolen property from his premises.


He was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1802 and his parents were John Wooster and Ester Harrison. We can't yet link him to the GWT. Any ideas. 
 
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Jeremiah Challenger Wooster - Pickpocket Victim (1841)
Jeremiah Challenger Wooster - Pickpocket Victim (1841)
The court case at the Old Bailey in which John Stone was found guilty of pickpocketing 
 
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Jeremiah Challenger Wooster - Victim of Theft of Desks (1853)
Jeremiah Challenger Wooster - Victim of Theft of Desks (1853)
 
 
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Jeremiah Challenger Wooster Gives Thanks to the Police
Jeremiah Challenger Wooster Gives Thanks to the Police
Jeremiah Challenger Wooster presents desks to the two policeman who recovered his stolen goods 
 
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John Bailey Wooster & Brother Timothy Wooster Steal a Chair
John Bailey Wooster & Brother Timothy Wooster Steal a Chair
Report of brothers John Bailey Wooster and Timothy Wooster stealing an old chair in Hobart, Tasmania. Seemingly a trivial case for which, nonetheless six witnesses were called.
Who is the Joseph Worcester sentenced to a road party immediately after them?  
 
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John Basford Wooster - Death and Funeral
John Basford Wooster - Death and Funeral
Newspaper report of the death and funeral arrangements of John Basford Wooster 
 
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John Basford Wooster - Will
John Basford Wooster - Will
Newspaper report of the will of John Basford Wooster 
 
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John Francis Wooster & Ida Maud Sands Divorced (1920)
John Francis Wooster & Ida Maud Sands Divorced (1920)
A divorce is granted to Ida Maud Sands after John Francis Wooster is jailed for theft. 
 
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John Francis Wooster - Life of Crime (1909-1915)
John Francis Wooster - Life of Crime (1909-1915)
A series of newspaper reports of judgements against John Francis Wooster for various offences including assault and theft between 1909 and 1915.
Taken from: Marlborough Express, Poverty Bay Herald, Hawera & Normanby Star & Grey River Argus  
 
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John Francis Wooster - Life of Crime (1920)
John Francis Wooster - Life of Crime (1920)
Further offences committed, finally resulting in twelve months hard labour for the theft of luggage from a railway platform. 
 
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John Francis Wooster at the Gisborne Armed Forces Appeals Board
John Francis Wooster at the Gisborne Armed Forces Appeals Board
Gisborne Gas Company appeal against the drafting of some of their employees, of which John Francis Wooster was one, in 1942. 
 
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John Francis Wooster Wounded (1917)
John Francis Wooster Wounded (1917)
Newspaper report of John Francis Wooster being wounded in WW1 
 
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John Joseph Wooster - Vagrancy Charge
John Joseph Wooster - Vagrancy Charge
John Joseph Wooster jailed for vagrancy in 1952 
 
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John Joseph Wooster and the Stolen Suitcase (1951)
John Joseph Wooster and the Stolen Suitcase (1951)
John Joseph Wooster has his suitcase stolen whilst visiting Adelaide

Rogers was later jailed for this offence:

GAOLED' FOR STEALING
A man who stole a suitcase containing £20 worth of property from the footpath while the owner was eating a meal at a pie-cart near Adelaide
GPO at 9 p.m. on April 9, was gaoled for four months by Mr Clarke, PM, in Adelaide Police Court today. William John Rodgers, 35, labourer, of Torrens avenue, New Hindmarsh, admitted having stolen the suitcase the property of John Joseph Wooster, labourer, of Archer street, North Adelaide. There were 61 previous convictions against Rodgers.
Assistant Police Prosecutor Radcliffe said £12/2/ worth of property from the suitcase was missing.

But...read the next article! 
 
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John Joseph Wooster Injured
John Joseph Wooster Injured
John Joseph Wooster picks up a nasty injury on a farm 
 
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John Joseph Wooster Jailed
John Joseph Wooster Jailed
John Joseph Wooster jailed for theft in May 1951 
 
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John Knight Wooster - Bankrupt (1825)
John Knight Wooster - Bankrupt (1825)
 
 

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