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June 2003

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Letter to the Editor

Joy Conroy Australia

A distant shore

What a pleasure it was to read the article on Australian migration in the June 2002 issue of the Berkshire Family Historian as I found a reference to my great great grandfather Thomas Boulton. The author, Martyn Killion, mentioned that Thomas Boulton had sponsored a William Boulton who may have been a brother or other relative. Thomas Boulton was born at Binfield in 1811, one of eight children of Abraham Boulton who was born in 1773 at Binfield and his wife Charolette Stocker who was born at Willesden, London in 1775. Thomas married Eliza Finbow in Warfield in 1839 and had twelve children, ten born in Binfield, and a further two born when they settled in the Dapto area of New South Wales. They lost their year old daughter Eliza on the passage to their new home. Thomas and Eliza and children Rosehannah, Abraham, William, Mary Ann, Joseph, James, Thomas, Sarah, Henry and Eliza departed England on the 19 October 1856. The voyage took 95 days and they landed at Sydney Cove on the 22 January 1857. They were bounty immigrants, the total cost of the bounty being 13.4s.9d per person. Thomas’s occupation was given as stonemason and labourer, his daughters Rosehannah and Mary Ann were house servants, and sons Abraham and William were labourers.

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