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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.


Owner/SourceBucks FHS - Aylesbury Calendar of Prisoners
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