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Thomas Wooster

Male Abt 1806 - 1844  (~ 38 years)


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  • Name Thomas Wooster 
    • Thomas Worster
    Born Abt. 1806 
    Christened 15 May 1808  Wing, Buckinghamshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Burial Fawkner Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Reburial 
    Died 10 May 1844  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Melbourne Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • The cemetery was later needed for development of the Queen Victoria Market so bodies buried there were exhumed and removed to Fawkner Cemetery, a very large burial ground on the northern edge of the Melbourne area, and tombstones and memorials removed and erected there. [2]
    Person ID I9  Thomas Wooster (b. 1806)
    Last Modified 20 Nov 2017 

    Father Thomas Worster,   b. Abt. 1770,   d. Bef. 7 Oct 1852  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Mother Ann UNKNOWN,   b. Abt. 1783,   d. Bef. 11 Mar 1818  (Age ~ 35 years) 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Gray,   b. UNKNOWN,   d. UNKNOWN 
    Married 7 Apr 1838  Police Office, Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. George Worcester,   b. 1843, Ovens River, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. UNKNOWN
     2. Thomas Worcester,   b. UNKNOWN,   d. UNKNOWN
     3. Mary Worcester,   b. 1844, Ovens River, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. UNKNOWN
    Last Modified 28 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 15 May 1808 - Wing, Buckinghamshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - Reburial - - Fawkner Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 Apr 1838 - Police Office, Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 May 1844 - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Melbourne Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Documents
    Thomas Wooster/Worster Convicted of Theft (1828)
    Thomas Wooster/Worster Convicted of Theft (1828)
    Thomas Wooster/Worster 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.
    Thomas Wooster/Worster Transported (1828)
    Thomas Wooster/Worster Transported (1828)
    Thomas was given a Life sentence and then transported to NSW on the ship "Eliza" under Captain Doughty (sailed 29th June, arrived 18th November, 1828).
    Note his co-defendant William Dimmock is the next name on this list.
    Thomas Wooster/Worster's Prison Record
    Thomas Wooster/Worster's Prison Record

    Headstones

    Gravestone

    Histories
    George Gray and Thomas Wooster at the Pelican
    George Gray and Thomas Wooster at the Pelican
    George Gray and Thomas Wooster at the Pelican: Information from "The Trove"
    Letter Titled: GEORGE GRAY & OTHERS

  • Notes 
    • From John Worcester:


      I have possibly three birth years for our Thomas: there's that one from the Aylesbury record suggesting 1806; elsewhere 1808 (I think that's from convict records) and hen 1811 on gravestone (killed 1844 aged 33). His name is spelled variously as Wooster and Worster; his widow married as Woster and his three children grew up always spelled Worcester.

      His two sons became the pioneers of Omeo and Benambra (Gippsland Alps area) - still cattlemen. Same with ost of the next generation - then two Worcester brothers became gynaecologists (plus their cousins who were regularly locked up !! - perhaps a genetic disposition? - or "sports".
      [2]


    • Most of the NSW records record his date of birth as 1806. His occupation was given as "Ploughs, Reaps". Following a housebreaking, he was tried at Bucks Assizes on 28th February, 1828, for which he was given a Life sentence and then transported to NSW on the ship "Eliza" under Captain Doughty (sailed 29th June, arrived 18th November, 1828).

      He received a "conditional pardon" in 1843 for 1844. He was described as 5'3 3/4" tall, of "dark, ruddy complexion", black hair and brown eyes, with a mole on the back of his neck. By this time he was working for George Gray on "The Pelican" property at Wahgunyah, near the River Murray (all of what we call "Victoria" was then part of NSW).

      On 12th March, 1838, Thomas Wooster was granted permission to marry Mary Gray. He was then said to be 32 years of age. Mary Gray was the daughter of George Gray. The marriage took place on 7th April, 1838 (in the Police Office at Goulburn).

      In 1844, Thomas had the job or droving cattle from Waygunyah to Melbourne, for sale at the saleyards at Newmarket. Unfortunately, he was gored to death there by a bull on 10th May, 1844, and buried at the Melbourne Cemetery near Flagstaff Hill. The cemetery was later needed for development of the Queen Victoria Market so bodies buried there were exhumed and removed to Fawkner Cemetery, a very large burial ground on the northern edge of the Melbourne area, and tombstones and memorials removed and erected.there.

      Thomas left a widow and three young children, George, Thomas and Mary. His widow re-married and the children were brought up in Wangaratta. Thomas Wooster had apparently signed his will as "Worster", his gravestone has "Worster", his widow re-married as "Woster" but the three children always spelled their name as "Worcester" as their descendants have ever since.

      Thomas Worcester the younger and his brother George were pioneers in the Victorian Alps (at Omeo and Benambra in East Gippsland). [2]


    • My great-grandfather, George James Worcester (born 1810 London, arrived Melbourne 1839, died 1887) met Thomas Worcester the younger in Melbourne, late 1870s or early 1880s. Thomas had come down to Melbourne to buy supplies.

      He was apparently shocked to find the proprietor's name was Worcester. Great-Grandfather wasn't there at the time but later that day, he met Thomas and took him to the Flagstaff Hill burial ground to show him his father's grave.

      Our family and the Omeo family always assumed we were related and did maintain some links every 30 years or so. I've met quite a few and was always struck by facial resemblances but haven't been able to find any connection through records. I met the son of Thomas the younger in 1964 - George - in his 90s; a hale and hearty farmer at Benambra who was still driving. He dug into a box and produced a letter my grandfather, Thomas, had written to him in 1906, hoping to visit (he wasn't able to and he died the following year). [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S13] Buckinghamshire FHS Baptisms (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S114] Wooster Family Group (John Worcester) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S14] Gravestone Inscription (Reliability: 3).