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Booth, Charles O'Hara (2011) Tasmanian Code of Signals, correspondence and extracts from Capt. Charles O'Hara Booth's diary Index: Royal Society Collection. Royal Society of Tasmania, University of Tasmania Library Special and Rare Materials Collection, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Capt. Charles O'Hara Booth (1800 - 1851) of the 21st Fusiliers
was commandant of the Convict Stations on Tasman's Peninsula
from 1833 until 1844 (Civil Commander of Port Arthur and Point
Puer only from 1844). It was under his command that the
township of Port Arthur was laid out. As commandant of
convicts he was both efficient and impartial. The Lieutenant
Governors Col. Arthur and Sir John Franklin both expressed
great satisfaction after visits of inspection; Arthur describing
him as 'kind, humane, active and most determined'.
One of his main achievements was the establishment of a
semaphore signalling system throughout the peninsula and
also connected with Hobart. This provided a speedy means
of communication, especially useful for notifying constable's
posts of escapes of prisoners. For this purpose he drew up
a code of signals.
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In 1838 Booth was lost in the bush for 4 days which undermined
his health. In 1844 he was appointed superintendent of the
Queen's Orphan School, New Town.
Booth was born in Basingstoke, England in 1800, In 1838 he
married Elizabeth Charlotte Eagle (referred to in his diary
as Lizzie) step-daughter of Booth's regimental surgeon. They
had two daughters, the elder, Amelia Patricia, born in 1839.
After Booth's death in 1851 his widow returned to England
and petitioned for a pension. Also includes Tasmanian Code of Signals,

compiled for the Penal Settlement of Tasman's Peninsula, including
instructions and diagrammatic examples, list of stations and their
numbers, including Battery Point, Mount Nelson, Eaglehawk Neck,
Norfolk Bay, Wedge Bay, Settlement Staff, etc.; alphabetical list of
words and corresponding code numbers (with some later additions in red
ink); also list of codes for 'persons' (ie. officers, etc); nautical
(ie. ships and descriptions of ships etc., such as 'the vessel is a
female prison ship', the vessel has brought out emigrants; weather;
boats (ie small boats); places; prisoners absconding, provisions; tools;
stores; arms and ammunitions etc..

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Item Type: Other
Keywords: Tasmania, Royal Society of Tasmania, science, natural science, social history, Australia, indexes, University of Tasmania, Library, private deposits, archives, Collections, catalogue, Special, Van Diemen's Land,
Publisher: Royal Society of Tasmania, University of Tasmania Library Special and Rare Materials Collection
Collections: Royal Society Collection
Other Special Collections
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RS.31

Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2011 05:43
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:19
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