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Reginald J Wooster - Hawkers Licence Approved
Reginald J Wooster - Hawkers Licence Approved
Reginald James Wooster approved for a hawker's licence by Harrow District Council on 27th July 1939. 
 
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RFA Viscol
RFA Viscol
Subsequent name: FRECCIAMARE
Official Number: 139143
Class: SECOND 1000 t CREOSOL CLASS Harbour Oiler
Pennant No: N 09 / X 75 / A275
Builder: Craig Taylor, Stockton
Launched: 21 February 1916
Into Service: August 1916
Out of service: Sold commercially 1950
Fate: Broken up 1982

4 March 1919 Lieutenant Wm Alfred Wooster RNR appointed in command. Remained in command until 31 July 1919. He had come from RFA BIRCHOL and when left he took command of RFA MONTENOL 
 
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Richard and Lucy Brandon (nee Ballard)
Richard and Lucy Brandon (nee Ballard)
From Rev. Brian Brandon

Richard was born in Rotherhithe, England, in 1842, the third child of Samuel and Jane Brandon. He was brought up on his father's market garden at Rotherhithe.

At the time of the 1851 census, they were living at 2 Paradise Row, Rotherhithe, which was where the market garden was. He married Lucy Ballard, daughter of James, a hotel keeper, and Alice, and grand- daughter of Isaac Ballard, on the 5th of September 1865, in the Parish church at Broadstairs, Kent, by the Rev Fred Newell. At the time Richard's address was Saint John Machline, Middlesex, and his occupation was stated as a market gardener.

Richard and Lucy must have moved a lot. Up until about 1870 they lived at Lower Clapton, then at Plaistow, London until about 1876. In 1877 they were living at 11 Cemetery Road, Peckham, Surrey, and Richard was then a clerk at a basket factory. Clearly, Richard, for some reason, decided to leave the market gardening business. He may have been moving to where he could find work.

Richard, at some stage travelled quite widely, and must have had some means to do this, although using it up in the process. He could speak French quite well, and it is said that he had a mistress in France. Richard came out by himself to New Zealand in 1878, on the `Otaki', leaving Gravesend on the 11th of September, and arriving in Wellington on the 10th of December, a passage of 90 days. The ship was considered one of the fastest to make the trip, making 17 altogether to NZ. There were 53 passengers on board.

He must have thought NZ a suitable place to live, because he returned home to bring out his wife Lucy and his family who arrived at Wellington on the 29th October, 1881 on the sailing ship `Pleione'. The voyage lasted 103 days. There were 37 passengers. The Pleione was later (in 1887) stranded at Waikanae Beach because of a navigational error at night.

Richard and Lucy had ten children born to them in England: Edward, Grace, Herbert, Frederick, James, Edith, Adolphus, Alice, James and Richard. The first James, and Alice died in infancy. Edith did not come to NZ, so she must have been left with another member of the family in England. They settled in Wanganui, living first in Sydney Place and then in Riverbank Road in a house built by Herbert Brandon. They had a further two children born to them in Wanganui, Kitty and Lionel. Richard died of a heart attack in Wanganui on the 5th of February, 1898, aged 56, and was buried in Wanganui Old Cemetery. He had suffered from heart trouble for many years.

Lucy had many talents, one which was producing lovely needlework, and this was one of her pleasures right to the end of her life. She was a delightful, witty and cheerful person. After her family left her, Lucy moved to live in Wellington with her daughter, Grace Ewart, and then when her daughter died, she went to Tinakori Road and lived with an old friend, Mrs Rickson. Her faculties were with her till the last. She spent her last afternoon with a friend and seemed her best. She died from angina in 1926, aged 85. Her funeral service was held in St. Paul's church with only relatives and very close friends present, and she was buried in the Karori Cemetery.
 
 
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Richard Ballard Brandon
Richard Ballard Brandon
From Rev. Brian Brandon

Jock was born on the 13th of September, 1878 at Nunhead, the last of the family to be born in England. He was a farm hand, who worked at a number of different places. He was more slightly built than Dol.

During WWI, he served in the army in France. Whilst on leave he visited the Aunts, Alice and Minnie and his sister Edith.

On his return to NZ, he worked on several farms around Wanganui. When Millicent moved to 110 Somme Parade, he came to live with the family. His whistling and working the dogs in his sleep caused the family many sleepless nights, so when the family shifted to 16 Hipango Terrace, Millicent converted the garage into a bed-sitting room. He was very happy with the arrangement as he enjoyed being on his own. Breakfast was taken to him on a tray and he had his mid-day and tea meal with the family. He used to leave the family circle each night at 9pm.

He was rather eccentric and caused the teenagers in the family many embarrassments. Jock used to make trips into the Hauturu valley at times. When Jock's health failed and Millicent could no longer cope, he was placed in a rest home, `Hikurangi' and later was at Jubilee Hospital for some months, until his death on the 26th of December, 1959.  
 
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Richard Gray Worcester - Visit to USA?
Richard Gray Worcester - Visit to USA?
Richard visited the USA in 1950, but it appears he was resident there from 9 Feb 1950 to 30 Aug 1950. On his immigration document for his return flight to the USA from England on 3 Oct 1950, he gives his address as 2813 28th Street, Washington DC and his purpose of visit "to resume residence".
He gives his wife, Anne Rosemary's address as Taplow, Buckinghamshire, so was this likely to be just a short term residence? 
 
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Richard Wall Accused of Assaulting James Wooster - 1821
Richard Wall Accused of Assaulting James Wooster - 1821
Richard Wall accused of assaulting James Wooster whilst executing his duties as a "Tythingman" of the parish of Chepping Wycombe 
 
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Robert Crawshaw Obituary
Robert Crawshaw Obituary
Newspaper obituary for Robert Crawshaw 
 
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Robert Henry Wooster in the Maritime Union
Robert Henry Wooster in the Maritime Union
The Victorian Branch of the MUA extends their sincere
deepest condolences to Shane and the Wooster family
on the passing of our dear comrade Robert. He was a
member for 20 years and a life member for 28 years,
and will be sadly missed by the union and his comrades
on the waterfront. Robert was a great supporter of his
mates, the union and it causes. 
 
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Robert Joseph Wooster Fails to Answer Charge
Robert Joseph Wooster Fails to Answer Charge
Robert Joseph Wooster fails to appear at court on a charge of failing to provide a proper home for his wife and child  
 
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Robert Joseph Wooster Sued for Maintenance
Robert Joseph Wooster Sued for Maintenance
Robert Joseph Wooster is sued for maintenance by his wife Theresa (nee Sorensen) in 1914. 
 
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Robert Wooster Fined for 'Furious Riding'
Robert Wooster Fined for "Furious Riding"
Robert Joseph Wooster fined for riding a racehorse in a public area in 1913  
 
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Robert Wooster in the Blenheim Boxing Tournament
Robert Wooster in the Blenheim Boxing Tournament
Robert Wooster wins the bantam weight class at the Blenheim Tournament in 1909, but loses in the featherweights. 
 
363
Rosa Grace Wooster Leaves Adelaide (1931)
Rosa Grace Wooster Leaves Adelaide (1931)
Newspaper report of the Bendigo leaving Adelaide for London 
 
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Rosa Wooster Assaulted (1869)
Rosa Wooster Assaulted (1869)
A report of an assault by Thomas Folley on Rosa Wooster in 1869. Do we know who she is? 
 
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Royal Sussex Lodge
Royal Sussex Lodge
Brothers Edgar William and Herbert Sydney Wooster were members of the Royal Sussex Lodge of Freemasons in Bath from 3 Nov 1890 to December 1921. Edgar William was also a member of the Lodge of Rectitude at Corsham from 1894. 
 
366
Salvation Army Appointment for W G E Wooster (1937)
Salvation Army Appointment for W G E Wooster (1937)
Newspaper report of the appointment of William George Edward Wooster in the Sydney area 
 
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Samuel and Jane Charlotte Brandon (nee Wooster)
Samuel and Jane Charlotte Brandon (nee Wooster)
From Rev. Brian Brandon:

Samuel Brandon, my great-great grandfather, the oldest of Richard and Henrietta's children, was born in 1800 at Rotherhithe. He must have grown up and probably worked on the market gardens at Rotherhithe. He is also named as a valuer. Samuel's grandson, Ted, said that he remembers his father saying "they used to have hundred's of Irish workmen on the gardens."

He married Jane Charlotte Wooster on the 15th of August 1935 at Holy Trinity Church, Newington. They had four children, born in Rotherhithe, Samuel, Jane, Richard and Liversidge. We know that in 1843 Samuel was on the market garden at Rotherhithe. His gardens consisted of a number of paddocks, near Deptford Lower Road, and bounded by Paradise Row and Prospect Place. There was a house on the market garden at 2 Paradise Row, where they lived. Adjoining his property on the Deptford Lower Road were further paddocks in pasture belonging to William, Samuel's younger brother.

The 1851 census shows both brothers still in the area. At this time Samuel is recorded as having 50 acres and 30 labourers on his property. As well as Samuel and Jane at home, there were Richard (8yrs) and Liversidge (1yr), and two nieces, Amy (12yrs) and Sarah (10yrs). There is no mention of the oldest children Samuel, and Jane.

At some stage he moved to Marlow, a posh place on the Thames, and called his house there, `Suffolk Lodge' a reference to their belief that they were descended from the famous Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. He moved there because he was on the staff of the royal household at Windsor.  
 
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Samuel Otterwell Wooster in Court
Samuel Otterwell Wooster in Court
Samuel Otterwell Wooster in police court in 1904 for removing timber from crown lands. Case dismissed. 
 
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Samuel Otterwell Wooster Witnesses Assault
Samuel Otterwell Wooster Witnesses Assault
Samuel in court as a witness to an assault. 
 
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Sarah Jane Vickers (nee Wooster) in Fatal Accident
Sarah Jane Vickers (nee Wooster) in Fatal Accident
Newspaper report of the tragic death of Sarah Jane Vickers (nee Wooster) in collision with a vehicle. 
 
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SHREWD AT 95. MR. CHAS. WOOSTER IN THE CITY CROWDS.
SHREWD AT 95. MR. CHAS. WOOSTER IN THE CITY CROWDS.
The Northern Champion Newspaper, 23rd March 1932 
 
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Sidney George Wooster/ Lillian Isabella Coutts Divorce (1923)
Sidney George Wooster/ Lillian Isabella Coutts Divorce (1923)
Newspaper report of the divorce of Sidney George Wooster and Lillian Isabella Coutts 
 
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SOME REMINISCENCES. THUNDERBOLT AT FORSTER (By CHAS WOOSTER)
SOME REMINISCENCES. THUNDERBOLT AT FORSTER (By CHAS WOOSTER)
Extract The Northern Champion (Taree) Newspaper, 25th April 1936 
 
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Susan Wooster and Family - Greenwich Workhouse Admissions
Susan Wooster and Family - Greenwich Workhouse Admissions
Susan and her family were admitted to the Greenwich Workhouse on 3 Sep 1903 as destitute with husband Robert’s address not known. They were all discharged over the coming months, but Susan was re-admitted in January 1905.
On 29 July 1920 Ada, Mary, Florence and Winifred were all admitted with both parents of unknown address. Ada was 18 and working as a shop assistant but presumably was struggling to cope with looking after her younger siblings alone.  
 
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Sylvia Worster - Obituary (2006)
Sylvia Worster - Obituary (2006)
o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-11 published WORSTER, Sylvia (May 20, 1954-January 26, 2006) It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Sylvia WORSTER in Winnipeg. She will be dearly missed by her son, William FINES; parents, Agnes and Alex WORSTER; sister, Louise and brother-in-law, Geoff FOSTER; brother, Paul and niece, Katie and nephew, Simon; William's father, Kent FINES; and many other relatives and friends. Sylvia grew up in Winnipeg, graduating from Garden City Collegiate in 1971. She lived most of her adult life in Toronto, but lived in Winnipeg during the last year and a half. Sylvia was loved for her sweetness, kindness and her deep feeling for the well-being of others. We were in awe of her determined nature, intelligence and independent spirit. We share her love for her son William and her pride in him as he pursues his studies at the University of Guelph. Her goodness will always be with us. A memorial service was held in Winnipeg on February 2. If friends wish, donations may be made in Sylvia's memory to The Nature Conservancy of Canada, 110 Eglinton Ave. West, Suite 400, Toronto, Ontario M4R 1A3 or a charity of their choice. 
 
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The Death of Mavis Evelyn Wooster
The Death of Mavis Evelyn Wooster
Article from The Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer Friday 5 September 1941 
 
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The Junkman - George Raleigh Gray Worcester
The Junkman - George Raleigh Gray Worcester

Note from John Worcester:

William Davy Gray Worcester was a ship's captain with very frequent trips to Melbourne. WDG's son was George Raleigh Gray Worcester, known as "The Junkman" as a River Inspector on the Yangtze Kiang, and who wrote books about Chinese junks. Many years back I corresponded briefly with GRG and then his widow, Monica, who kindly sent me one of his books.

George's first appointment in the Chinese Maritime Customs Service was on 1 March 1913 as Second Officer, C. He resigned 17 months later on 1 August 1914.
He had further spells in the service and again withdrew on 1 December 1941 in Shanghai where his position was Assistant River Inspector (on special duty). He had a further spell which ended on 1 July 1943, probably by force (he was compulsorily retired!) as he and Eileen had been interned in Yangchow camp A in March of 1943 and were transferred to Pootung camp in September of 1943 where they remained until August 1945.
His final spell in the service was at the Inspectorate General, Statistical Department and lasted 6 months between October 1947 and March 1948. 
 
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The Story of Frederick George Wooster and His Naval Career
The Story of Frederick George Wooster and His Naval Career
Frederick George Wooster 
 
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The True Story of Mary Beatrice Wooster (nee Ridley)
The True Story of Mary Beatrice Wooster (nee Ridley)
Mary Ridley from Kent, England aged 18 in 1873 travelled to Napier, New Zealand by ship with her older married sister Charlotte Pollington, husband John and their five children to help with the family on the long voyage.
The ship “Invererne” sailed on 21st Nov 1873 from Gravesend and arrived at Napier on 8th March 1874. Passengers – 240 immigrants – 107 days travel; 16 children died from scarletina – in charge Captain Foreman. Mary’s relations: John Pollington 30yrs, Kent, Charlotte Pollington 28yrs, Kent. Children – John 8yrs, Maria 6yrs, Alice 4yrs, Albert 2yrs (died on board) and Martha 1yr. Mary herself, 19yrs, Kent, cook. Mary actually turned 19 later in May.
From Napier they all travelled to Waipawa where Mary worked as a cook for the Rev and Mrs Tanner for 18 months to work off her passage, during which time Mrs Tanner taught her many cooking skills. It was during this time that she met Thomas Brandon Wooster who often called in on the Tanners for refreshments during his work time. Thomas was a drover and also a dealer. Mary was very elegant and beautiful with long black hair and bright eyes, was very taken with this handsome gentleman and they were married at Napier on 13th November 1875. After the service they travelled back to Waipawa to Thomas’s home farm, known as “The Bush”.
Their marriage certificate was rather strange, only stating Bride – Mary Ridley aged 21yrs, Thomas Wooster 32yrs. No birth dates, no relations, places of birth or family names of parents! Suddenly, after her marriage, Mary added Beatrice as her middle name and severed all connections to her English parents and families for her lifetime. Her granddaughter Evelyn often asked her mother Alice about her mother Mary’s relations and Alice always replied “it seemed my mother had a secret past and refused to discuss it with anyone!”
When Thomas died on 26th March 1910 Mary went to housekeep at Clive for Michael Clabby who lived next door to her daughter Margaret Holleron. This man was a lonely bachelor who had nobody to leave his home to and after much persuasion from Mag, who thought Mary would be financially secure, Nary married Michael in 1921. In his youth he had been a champion boxer but lived only 1 year after the marriage. Mary often stayed with her daughters but when she became ill she sent her last two weeks with Alice at 901 Eaton Road and died there on 20th August 1935. Evelyn said that her father and Mary got on so well and they would laugh and joke together, he with a beer and her with a stout.

The Mary Ann Ridley Revelation
Finally after many years of research and letters to and from England, Mary’s great granddaughter, in August 2007, exactly 72 years to the month, by researching just Mary Ridley came up with her whole family. There were in total eight children of her parents William and Charlotte Ridley (nee Norris), Mary being the sixth child, born 27th May 1855 in Wrotham, Kent, England.
It turned out that Mary married Thomas Brandon Wooster when she was 20yrs 5mths, and because she was under 21 and needed her parents’ permission to marry she just put 21 as her age. In those days you could risk jail for wrong data on records and fearing her marriage wouldn’t be valid if found out, she didn’t mention her second name Ann but slipped in Beatrice on the records after that to prevent being traced. This worked well until 72 years later when all was revealed!
Mary’s granddaughter Evelyn, aged 94 and the only survivor of that generation, was amazed and excited by these revelations with all the records to back it up. She said it answered many of the questions she had wondered about over the years.

Mary’s Life in New Zealand
We can’t help but admire this young woman who left her home in Kent, made this long voyage to a new country, coping with her nephew Albert’s death at sea and working hard to pay off her passage. Her steadfast marriage to Thomas was a busy time, raising twelve children, losing Samuel so young and Thomas in action in France. They also made a home for young Tom Slatford, whose mother and four children were murdered by their step-father Roland Herbert Edwards, the first white man to be hanged in Napier jail. Thomas and Mary’s family motto was “Nil Arduum” – nothing is too hard. Both had a driving force and determination to overcome obstacles and their qualities were passed down to their children enabling them to cope with the hard times of the war and depression.
Mary must have lived in constant fear that if her true birth date was revealed, her marriage would be null and void! 
 
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The Waikato. Fifty Years of Sail in the New Zealand Trade, 1850 to 1900
The Waikato. Fifty Years of Sail in the New Zealand Trade, 1850 to 1900
White Wings Vol I.

Fifty Years of Sail in the New Zealand Trade, 1850 to 1900


The Waikato, a well-found ship of 1021 tons, flying the New Zealand Shipping Co.'s flag, was a real clipper, and completed many fast voyages out and home. Of twelve passages outwards only three exceeded 100 days.

In 1878 Captain Worster reported leaving Plymouth with 298 immigrants and nine saloon passengers on October 21, and passed the Lizard the same day, with the Lactura in company.

Read more.... 
 
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Theft of a Pig
Theft of a Pig
Arthur Wooster, landlord of the Bell Inn, Stoke Mandeville, in court as a witness to the theft of a pig. 
 
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Thomas Brandon Wooster - Firefighter (1889)
Thomas Brandon Wooster - Firefighter (1889)
Thomas Brandon Wooster assists in fighting a fire at a hotel in Cambridge, New Zealand 
 
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Thomas Brandon Wooster - Witness (1869)
Thomas Brandon Wooster - Witness (1869)
Thomas Brandon Wooster appears in court as a witness in Christchurch. 
 
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Thomas Brandon Wooster Acquitted
Thomas Brandon Wooster Acquitted
Thomas Brandon Wooster was acquitted from a larceny charge and the prosecutor severely reprimanded by the magistrate. 
 
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Thomas Brandon Wooster and 4000 Sheep
Thomas Brandon Wooster and 4000 Sheep
 
 
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Thomas Brandon Wooster and His Stolen Dog
Thomas Brandon Wooster and His Stolen Dog
Thomas places an advert in the local papers for his dog "Tweet" to be returned 
 
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Thomas Brandon Wooster Sues
Thomas Brandon Wooster Sues
Thomas Brandon Wooster sues for wrongful imprisonment in the above larceny case 
 
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Thomas Brandon Wooster's House on Fire
Thomas Brandon Wooster's House on Fire
Newspaper report of a house fire at Thomas Brandon Wooster's property in 1886. 
 
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THOMAS MILLS indicted for Embezzlement (1839)
THOMAS MILLS indicted for Embezzlement (1839)
John Knight Wooster clerk in Sheriff's Office 
 
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Thomas Wooster Convicted of Theft (1828), Transported and Killed by a Bull (1844)
Thomas Wooster Convicted of Theft (1828), Transported and Killed by a Bull (1844)
Thomas Wooster was accused, along with John Munday and William Dimmock of breaking into the house of Sarah Parsons at Grendon Underwood and stealing money and goods to the value of twenty-four pounds.


He was subsequently convicted and transported for life to Australia.


Transportation Register. Note his co-defendant William Dimmock is the next name on this list.


Thomas also appears on a Prison record, where more details are found.


Thomas married Mary Gray in Melbourne, Victoria and his name is spelled variously as Wooster and Worster; his widow married as Woster and his three children grew up always spelled Worcester.


In 1844 he was killed by a bull and on his gravestone his age is given as 33 and does not tally with the other evidence. Could this have been a mistake by the stone mason, 33 instead of 38?


Thomas was working from the River Murray area - Wahgunyah at a property called "The Pelican".


His two sons became the pioneers of Omeo and Benambra (Gippsland Alps area) - still cattlemen. Same with most of the next generation - then two Worcester brothers became gynaecologists (plus their cousins who were regularly locked up !!)


We have plenty of information about him but who is he? There doesn't appear to be a good fit on the GWT. 
 
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Thomas Wooster Convicted of Theft and Accused of Assault - 1828
Thomas Wooster Convicted of Theft and Accused of Assault - 1828
Thomas Wooster was convicted, along with William Hart, of stealing a trap in 1828. He was also accused of assaulting the Constable in the execution of his duties.
There is also a Thomas Wooster, accused in 1832 of stealing beans and peas in Chepping Wycombe.
Is this the same Thomas Wooster or a different one? 
 
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Thomas Wooster Witnesses Theft - 1850
Thomas Wooster Witnesses Theft - 1850
George Williams was convicted of theft of a paletot in Aylesbury in 1850. Thomas Wooster was a witness. Do we know who this Thomas Wooster is? 
 
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Thomas Worcester - Convict
Thomas Worcester - Convict
Records from the Tasmanian Names Index citing convict Thomas Worcester 
 
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Transcript of Postcard From Australia to the Bell Inn, Stoke Mandeville
Transcript of Postcard From Australia to the Bell Inn, Stoke Mandeville
Postcard found in the possessions of EE Clipson
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Addressed to Mr Arthur Wooster, Bell Inn, Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury, Bucks, England.
Postcard of Native Bullock Cart, Ceylon and posted in Australia.

Dear Arthur and Ede,
We are getting near our destination now. This is a typical picture of what we saw in Ceylon, had a 3 hour drive round the different native villages. They have oxen to draw the carts about here, horses in the carriages. There were in some parts, coach painters, Builders yards and Smiths shops, in fact we could have got a job ourselves, as they wanted carpenters, it was posted up on the gates, did not think anything about it as it is such a hot climate. There is a large Liptons tea factory. Mostly natives work there. The people are only half dressed, but it is a lovely place. Hope you are keeping well. We are A1, it has been very hot through the tropics. We are 9 days between Colombo and Freemantle, nothing but water did not even see another boat. Love to all Yours Jim.
 
 
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Veronica Convine Inquest
Veronica Convine Inquest
Inquest into the death of Veronica Convine 
 
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Waikato Announcements
Waikato Announcements
There are numerous articles about William Worster on the Papers Past website. Typical are the two shown here, an announcement of the arrival of the Waikato into port and an advert to take cargo back to London.
Search using "W Worster" OR "William Worster" OR "Wm Worster" OR "Worster W" to get the full list of articles. 
 
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Waikato Journey from Gravesend to Auckland 1876
Waikato Journey from Gravesend to Auckland 1876
Report of the arrival of the Waikato, captained by William Worster, into Auckland from Gravesend in 1876
 
 
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Walcot Yard in Bath
Walcot Yard in Bath
The premises of Hayward & Wooster on Walcot Street in Bath 
 
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Wall of Names
Wall of Names
Gordon Albert Wooster on the Wall of Names at the STEAM Railway Museum in Swindon  
 
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Walter Worster Jailed for Theft - 1879
Walter Worster Jailed for Theft - 1879
Walter Worster jailed at the Old Bailey.
Could this be him?
See the Most Wanted section for more info 
 

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