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Caleb Booth aged 30, came Dec 1852 on the Posthumous as an Unassisted Passenger.
Caleb Booth wed 23 Aug 1860 #2222 to Eleanor Purcell 1831 - 1895 #3003 aged 64. Both died at Northcote. No known chn
Resident for 39 years and 9 months

In The Bishop's Address to the Annual Meeting, reported The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Tuesday 26 September 1893 he included the Rev Caleb Booth, who was curate of St Peter's, Melbourne, in 1856, and, after having served several cures, became one of the retired clergy in 1884, he bore a long and painful illness with Christian patience and submission.

From Monumental Inscriptions in St Lawrence's Churchyard, Reading. This was published by the Berkshire Family History Society, from which the following records originate.
Tombstone 241
SIDE - a) STTMO/ John F.Booth late of Hopgrass. Born July 21st 1814 died October 20th 1895
SIDE - b) IMO/the Rev. CALEB BOOTH 30 years incumbent of Wargaretta and Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Born September 12th 1820 died October 2nd 1892.
SIDE - c) STTMO/ LAVINIA BATHE dau. of W. and D. BOOTH died January 19th Also of WILLIAM PARSONS 40 years of the Folly farm in this Parish died March 21st 1854 aged 77 years.
SIDE - d) IMO/ WILLIAM BOOTH born November 21st 1782 died March 18th 1863 Also DEBORAH his wife born October 15th 1795 died October 5th 1857. Monument.

William Booth wed 26 July 1813 to Deborah Foster and lived at Kingsclere, Hampshire, England
7 children 1. John Foster Booth Christening: 17 Aug 1814
2. Lavina Booth Christening: 14 Feb 1816
3. Anna Booth Female Christening: 11 Jan 1818
4. Caleb Booth Christening: 08 Oct 1820
5. Jane Booth Birth: 11 Mar 1823 Christening: 06 Apr 1823, infant death
6. Harriet Booth Birth: 01 Nov 1825 Christening: 23 Nov 1825
7. Jane Booth Christening: 11 Sep 1831
4. Caleb Booth born 12 Sep 1820, Christening: 08 Oct 1820, died at Northcote 1 Oct 1892 aged 72,

From their History notes - In 1853, Mrs Ellen Clacy, a visitor to goldrush Victoria who subsequently published an account of her travels, had noted that 'Sunday after Sunday do numbers return from St Peter's, unable to obtain even standing room beneath the porch'. Bluestone transepts with seating in galleries, as well as at ground level, were added, bringing the numbers that it could hold from 650 to 1050 in 1864. A further and final extension at the east end of the church was completed in 1876.

The St Peter's kind of Anglicanism was at first of a very restrained kind. Throughout the nineteenth century, its eucharistic liturgy was performed with the utmost ceremonial simplicity, without vestments, incense, or other Catholic signs: Willoughby commented in 1872 that the only perfume in the church came not from incense, but from the scented hankerchiefs of well-to-do gentlemen. Melbourne's well-to-do sought formality, aesthetic adornment and sophistication in church, just as they expected these standards in other public places and in their homes.

Henry Handfield, who arrived 1848 as a ward of Bishop Perry, was licensed as assistant curate to Archdeacon Thomas Hart Davies at St Peter's, Eastern Hill, ordained priest in 1852 and succeeded to the charge of the parish in December 1854, until his death in 1900, embodies the contradictions involved in St Peter's almost from its beginning. On the surface, he might appear as one of the establishment, as Perry's ward, and as an individual whose connections according to Burke's Peerage included the titled; certainly the middle class and well-to-do in Melbourne claimed him as one of their own. Bishop Perry issued injunctions in 1857 and 1865 restricting the kind of music to be used in Melbourne churches in the liturgy. After long resistance to some members of the laity who encouraged Handfield to defy them, Handfield permitted a musical regime in worship that aligned him with those who refused to conform.

When the sharebroker and estate agent Edward Wild, a churchwarden from 1860 to 1864, wanted the verger to be obliged against his own conscience to wear a verger's gown, it was the vicar, Henry Handfield, who sprang to the verger's defence, informing Wild that the verger was within his rights in refusing to do so. However, by September 1865 Handfield had moved the organ from the gallery and sported in full view a robed and chanting choir.

At St Peter's, while Edward Wild was denied a ceremonially robed verger, many of the congregation supported a sophisticated musical repertoire in the liturgy, directed by Joseph Summers, an Oxford Bachelor of Music at a time when such degree-holders were rare enough in England. His brother was Charles Summers, the sculptor who created the Burke and Wills monument before eventually leaving Melbourne for continental Europe.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Tuesday 10 February 1857, wed on the 18th January, at St. Mark's Church, Collingwood, by the Rev. C. Booth, John Clark, late of Islington, London, to Eliza Margaret Sauerbrey, of Collingwood, Victoria.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Friday 20 February 1857 On the 31st ult., at St. Peter's Church, Colllingwood, Melbourne, by the Rev. C. Booth, Mr. T. E. Young, storekeeper, Balaarat, second son of Edward Young, Esq., of Brantford, Canada West, North America, to Mary Anne, only daughter of Mr. Edward Enmerton, late of Woburn Sands, Wavendon, Buckinghamshire, England.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Tuesday 24 January 1860 Rev C Booth received 1 case, listed in the Imports brought by the Omas Pasha, ship of 1068 tons, John Thornton master, from London 29 Oct from London and arrived at Maelbourne 22 Jan 1860.


The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Thursday 23 August 1860, marriage on the 2lst inst., at Trinity Church, Benalla, by the Rev. John Freeman,
the Rev. C. Booth, of Wangaratta, to Eleanor, youngest daughter of the late Captain Purcell, Royal Artillery, Prospect Cottage, County Dublin.


Trouble over a dog, which first attracted his attention when it was snapping at his wife, during the church service.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Monday 19 November 1866, Wangaratta, Satubday. The Rev. C. Booth has tendered to the bishop his resignation of his charge of this parish. The communication from the trustees to the bishop on 31st ult. has been acknowledged only. No one has yet arrived to investigate the matter. The trastees talk of resigning.
Thursday 6 December 1866 The Rev. C. Booth has withdrawn his resignation.
Saturday 5 January 1867 The bishop has notified to the Rev. C. Booth his intention to stop his state pay. Signatures have been solicited to a petition to the bishop to keep him here.
Thursday 31 January 1867 then Friday 1 February 1867, 3rd day of the Assembly - The Case Of The Rev. C. Booth.
The Bishop, in accordance with a resolution of the assembly, laid on the table copies of the official correspondence that had passed relative to the case of the incumbent of Wangaratta. He also mentioned that he had received a letter from Mr. Booth, which ho had not read, but which he was aware contained an acknowledgement of the facts of the case, an expression of the deep sorrow of the writer, and also of his willingness to submit to any punishment that might be imposed upon him.
Tuesday 9 April 1867
Mr. G. P. SMITH gave notice that next day he would call the attention of the Attorney-General to the case of the Rev. C. Booth, he would undertake to prosecute on behalf of the Government. These facts would be found in certain correspondence between the trustees of the church at Wangaratta and the Bishop of Melbourne, published in a Melbourne daily newspaper on the 15th December last, the occurrence alluded to having taken place on the 28th October previous. That day was Sunday, and the Rev. Caleb Booth was engaged in Divine service in the afternoon, before a full congregation. In the midelle of the service an unfortunate dog carne in and created confusion, and this gentleman, instead of leaving it to the person whose office it was to keep order, himself interrupted the service in which he was engaged, went up to the party who was holding the dog, and wilfully and maliciously broke its leg. The member was accused of stating facts not within his own knowledge which were calculated to seriously implicate the character of an absent person.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Thursday 2 May 1867, reported the Bishop of Melbourne attended at Trinity Church, Wangaratta, at nine a.m. on Friday last, for the purpose of pronouncing sentence upon the Rev. C. Booth,, for the offences of which he bead been convictcd at the Ecclesiastical Court holden in Melbourne on the 9th inst. The bishop then sentenced Mr. Booth to be suspended 'ab officio et beneficio' for six months from that day. Ho hoped that Mr. Booth would learn the necessity of curbing his tongue in this direction, and that whon he returned amongst them at the expiration of six months, he would be a different man, and that this great evil would eventually issue in good.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Saturday 10 August 1867, page 5, Column 3,
It is stated by a local journal that a letter has been received at Wangaratta, from the Rev. C. Booth, mentioning that it is his in tention to conduct Divine service in Trinity Church, Wangaratta, on Sunday, November 3. Mr. Booth's period of suspension from office (six months) will by that time have expired.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Wednesday 7 July 1869, Two weddings on the 17th ult., at St. Peter's Church, Tarrawingee, by the Rev. J. H. May, assisted by the Rev. C. Booth, John, second son of the late G. E. Mackay, M.D., of The Grange, Tarra- wingee, to Isabella, fifth daughter of the late John Dight, of Albury, N.S.W.
DIGHT-DIGHT.-On the 17th inst, at St. Peter's Church, Tarrawingee, by the Rev. C. Booth, assisted by the Rev. J. H. May, Charles Hilton, second son of tho late John Dight, of Albury, New South Wales, to Emma Elizabeth, only daughtor of the late Charles Hilton Dight, of Melbourne.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Wednesday 5 February 1873, wed on the 30th ult., at All Saints' Church, Northcote, by the Rev. C. Booth, James Frederick, youngest son of the late J. Poynting, Esq., Heidelberg, to Emily Susannah, only child of the late Wm. Lansdown, Esq., Coburg, and eldest grand-daughter of the late Wm. Thomas, Esq., J.P., guardian of aborigines, Merrivilla, Brunswick.

On 9 July 1874 the Argus page 5, halfway down column 4, we find "The induction of the Rev John Caton, formerly of Koroit took place last night at St Philips Church, Collingwood the mode of procedure being in exact accordance with the form given in yesterday's Argus The sermon was preached hy the Very Rev Dean Macartney, the text being taken from Romans x 15 The following clergymen were present at the service, namely - The Rev Canon Chase, the Rev Canon Serjeant, the Rev R Barlow, the Rev H N. Wollaston, Rev. Caleb Booth and the Rev J Thomson. The church was completely filled.

Rev Caleb is bnow working at All Saints church, Northcote

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Wednesday 5 February 1873
On the 30th ult., at All Saints' Church, Northcote, by the Rev. C. Booth, James Frederick, youngest son of the late J. Poynting, Esq., Heidelberg, to Emily Susannah, only child of the late Wm. Lansdown, Esq., Coburg, and eldest grand-daughter of the late Wm. Thomas, Esq., J.P., guardian of aborigines, Merri-villa, Brunswick.

Found in the New Zealand Tablet, Volume II, Issue 66, 1 August 1874, Page 11 web page.

Paragraph 6 is about the will dated 30 Jan 1871 and Feb 15 q\1073, of Anne, Duchess Dowager of Argyll, who died at No 40, Rutland-gate on Feb 25 last. Paragraph 7, relates the life of James Godso 1786 - 1874,"4448 aged 92, son of Catherine PHAZIE and James Godso from Birmingham and died in Victoria
The "old folks" appear to be falling fast of late. On Monday lat, Mr James Godso, an old veteran in his 92nd year, expired (says the 'Argus') at his son's residence, Clifton Hill. In the exciting war times of George III he was kidnapped by the "press-gangs" of those days to serve in his Majesty's navy. He served principally in the Lion, 64 guns; visited China, the Cape, Bombay, the Persian Gulf, Java, St Helens\a, etc, and received the silver medal and clasp for services at Java. He finally left the navy in 1815, and arrived in the colony in 1858. A narrative of his eventful life was published in several of the colonial journals about twelve months ago. He resided with his son, Mr Isaac Godso, of Shirley House, and was interred in the Melbourne Cemetry on Wednesday last, the Rev Caleb Booth incumbent of All Saints, officiating.
The old man was blind for the last six years, but had good health, and all his other faculties were unimpared.

next paragraph is a report on the British elections, as recorded in the leading Catholic and anti-Bismarckian paper of Germany, the 'Germania'.


The memorial stone of the St. Luke's Church, North Fitzroy was laid 4 Feb 1879, at the corner of Watkin street, St. George's road, and Brunswick- street, Fitzroy North, by the Right Rev. Dr. Moorhouse, in the presence of a large number of spectators. The prayers were read by the Rev. B. Rodda, incumbent of the church. The 84th Psalm was then sung by the choir, after which the Rev C Booth read the iesson from the 20th chapter of the first Book of Chronicles

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Tuesday 17 March 1885 Page 10, column 2, Municipal Intelligence - The ordinary fortnightly meeting of the Northcote Borough Council was held on the l4th inst There were present mayor (Councillor Dennis) and 7 Councillors. A letter was received from the Central Board of Health, drawing attention to the nuisance caused by smoke from the Northcote Brick Company's works. As the matter had been brought under the notice of the local board as far back as October, l883, the board was requested lo state what steps, if amy, had been taken to abate the nuisance. Mrs Booth, wife ot the Rev. Caleb Booth, also stated that her husband was a confirmed invalid, and suffered greatly from the effects of the smoke, as well as from the constant noise of the steam whistle at the works. Councillor Beaver said that the board had done all in their power to abate the nuisance. The Black Company wrote stating that a bell had been substituted for the whistle, and measures were being adopted to modify the smoke nuisance.

Source - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Wednesday 9 November 1892

The will of the late Rev. Caleb Booth, o Northcote, has been filed in the Probate office The deceased died on the 1st of October last, leaving a will executed on the 26th of February preceding, by which he appointed Mr William Edward Morris, registrar of the diocese of Melbourne, and Mr. James Grice, merchant, his executors. The estate is valued at 10,537 l5s 9d, and consists of 1,330 realty and 9,187 15s 9d personalty. The deceased leaves 100 to each of his executors if they assume the office of executors. He then leaves a life estate in all his property to his wife, Eleanor Booth. After her death he leaves a number of small articles to a number of friends and relatives, while his freehold property goes to ths Bishop of Melbourne for the time being for the use of the Church of England.

With respect to the distribution of the personalty, after his wife's death 5OO is left to the testator's ncphew Henry Clement Haldane, 500 to his nephew Charles Frederick Reade, 500 to his niece June Booth Pearce, and to each of the above one third of any money that may be lying at any Bank in Melbourne on fixed deposit at the time of his death. One hundred pounds is left to an old servant if she shall still be in the employ of Mrs Booth, 4,000 to the society known in England as the Church Missionary Society for the purpose of furthering the interests of the society in the East Indies while the residue goes to the managing body for the time being, of the fund for providing allowances to clerks in holy orders who become superannuated or incapacitated.


The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Tuesday 5 February 1895
FUNERAL NOTICES.
BOOTH.-The Friends of the late Mrs. Eleanor Booth (relict of the late Rev. C. Booth) ara respectfully invited to follow her remains to their last resting-place In the Melbourne Generul Cemetery.
The funeral is appointed to move from her late residence, Macsbury, Separation-street, Northcote, This Day (Tuesday, February 6,1835), at 11am, and proceed to the All Saints' Church, where after the usual service for the burial of the dead the cortege will proceed to the cemetery.

On Tues 19 Feb 1895 the whole of the household furniture and effects of the late Rev. Caleb Booth were auctioned for sale, including their Upright Grand Piano.


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