Charles Butler1

#7147, b. 1794, d. 3 August 1826

Individual's Timeline

Birth1794Charles Butler1
Marriage24 June 1822Charles Butler1
Death3 August 1826Charles Butler1

Primary events

  • Birth: Charles Butler was born in 1794 a government servant.1
  • Marriage: He married Elizabeth Everingham, daughter of Matthew James Everingham and Elizabeth Rymes, on Monday, 24 June 1822, when they were 28 years ~&~ 17 years and 14 days old.1
  • Death: Charles died on 3 August 1826, Hung for murder (Aged 32 years, worked back from recorded birth date).1

Secondary circumstances

  • Immigration: In 18 April 1817Charles Butler emigrated.2
Some aspects of Charles Butler's life. BUTLER, Charles. Per "Morley", 1817

1817 Apr 18
On list of convicts disembarked from the "Morley" and forwarded to Windsor for distribution (Reel 6005; 4/3496 p.117)

1822 Apr 30, May 6
Re permission

His trial could be this one. Dates, place and age marry up -
Brushes with the LAW


Charles Butler, who was tried yesterday week and found guilty of murdering woman named Collins ; who was sentenced to pay the forfeit of his life on the following Monday ; was in some measure prepared for the awful event, but had it deferred from that day, suffered on Thursday morning. He professed himself a protestant. The Rev. Mr. Cowper attended him assiduously, and endeavored to bring the unfortunate man to a sense of the enormity of the crime for which justice demanded that he should suffer a premature — and ignominious death — that an open con- fession of the part which he taken in depriving the hapless wo- man Collins of existence, would not tend to make his final exit from this world the more painful, nor detract from that show of commiseration which witnesses of his untimely end would naturally feel, and which it was a foolish and a very general idea with many persons unfortunately situated like himself, would not be afforded, when the culprit promptly confessed his crimes, and that his punishment was called for to appease the laws of out- raged justice. On Monday, when the fatal warrant was mo- mentarily expected to arrive, Collins appeared firm and composed in his demeanor.- He spoke but little, and maintained his innocence of the horrifying crime of murder. Subsequently he admitted having been present when the woman met her death, but denied any participation in it himself. He accused two men, who have since been apprehended and lodged in Gaol, of having been the assassins. That those were the men, who having rowed in a boat with himself, and the woman Collins, to some distance up the Hawkesbury River, satisfied their murderous dispositions by throwing their hapless victim overboard. Whether any violence had been committed on her previously to this taking place, he would not disclose. From the circumstance of a severe gash being discovered on the cheek bone, when the body was found, it was conjectured that some additional violence had been offered. At nine o'clock, or a few minutes after, of Thursday morning, Charles Butler left one of the condemned cells, repaired to the usual place of execution, at the back of the gaol, and, after passing a short time in prayer, with the Rev. Clergyman, ascended to the fatal platform. When the ministers of death had completed their preparations, and when the last sound of retreating footsteps, as the Clergyman and others descended from the scaffold, had died away, the drop was let fall -- the criminal became suspended between earth and heaven. His agonies appeared long and painful, and between seven and eight minutes had slowly expired, before the body ceased to exhibit symptoms of animation. This unnecessary prolongation of punishment, at the view of which humanity shudders, was thought to originate in the executioner's negligence. This unhappy man had a wife, she appeared to have scarcely seen 17 winters, and in her manners, exhibited symptoms of strong and unaffected grief.

A fuller report can be found - There iare serious discrepancies in the evidence (at least as ported in the papers). It was said to be a domestic dispute, and that he and Catherine had been living together, but it was also stated he was married to someone else (our Elizabeth) and that Catherine was just a lodger.3

Locus Operandi

  • 17941
  • 18261

Children of Charles Butler and Elizabeth Everingham

  • Charles Butler1 b. 1822
  • William Butler1 b. 1824


  1. J. Selkirk Provis C. J. Smee, 1788 - 1820 Pioneer Register.
  2. Correspondence on line index, by unknown photographer.
  3. Trove Digitised Newspapers, The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 - 1848) Saturday 5 August 1826 Page 3.