Booth, George


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Career Highlights

Charles Booth arrived in NSW on the Larkins in 1817 on a 14 year sentence, and was assigned to George Thomas Palmer of Pemberton Grange (Parramatta). He was sent to the west to oversee Palmer's various stock-stations on the government reserve west of Bathurst, and was probably among the antagonists whose dealings with local Aborigines precipitated the frontier conflict of 1822-24. In 1825, Booth was overseer of Palmer's two stations on the Macquarie River below Wellington Valley at Murrumbidgerie and “Dibilamble” (Mt. Dixon). When the CMS missionaries encountered Booth on the road west of Bathurst on their way to Wellington Valley, they suggested he was still antagonising the local Indigenies, who had “long sought to kill him”. Three years later, in 1835, James Backhouse and George Walker passed an abandoned hut on the Wellington Road at “Kyong” (Lewis Ponds) that was famed as a former public house kept by “Charley Booth”. Having been recently deprived of his licence, he was said to have “retired into the bush”.