Richard Butler1

#56843, b. 1854
  • Father: (?) Butler1

Individual's Timeline

Birth1854Richard Butler1
Marriage1893Richard Butler2

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Richard was Rabbit Trapper for Mr CAMERON in Harwood, Tasmania.1
Brushes with the LAW

DELORAINE POLICE COURT. TuEsDAY, April . FRUD.--At the police office on Tuesday, before Messrs C. J. L. Smith (Warden); John Hart, R. G. Home, and Wm. Abey, J.'sP., Richard Butler was charged by Superintendent Cameron with obtaining, on or about 12th April inst., a sum of money from Donald Norman Cameron, of Bentley. A large amount of evidence was taken, from which it was proved that the accused is a rabbit-trapper, and has been em ployed in that capacity by Mr Cameron on his Harwood property at a rate according to the quality of the skins, viz., is 6d, is, and 9d per dozen. It was alleged that 94 dozen skins had been sold to Mr Cameron that had been caught on another property by a man named. Austin, employed by the Messrs Gibson at Dairy Plains on weekly wages, and who had to give in the ears of the rabbits he destroyed, having the right to dispose of the skins as he pleased. He found a market for them under a hollow log about half a mile from his home, being consigned to Butler at is, 9d, and 5d per dozen, according to size, etc. Constable Roden's's evidence, which was confirmed by Austin, went to show that Butler had sold the skins to Mr Cameron. The accused was found guilty and sentenced to three months imprisonment. AIDING AND Abetting.-James Austin was charged with siding and abetting Richard Butler in the foregoing case. Constable Roden's evidence and that of John Fitzmaurice pointed to Austin's knowledge of the skins having been sold to cameron, but Austin swore in his defence that he sold the skins not knowing that Butler had any intention to defraud. After a patient investigation the bench decided to give the accused the benefit of the doubt as to his complicity, and dis charged him.

Locus Operandi

Children of Richard Butler and Alice Jago

  • Henry James Butler2 b. 1893
  • Clara Grace Butler2 b. 11 Jun 1895
  • Herbert Arthur Butler2 b. 1896
  • Elvie May Butler2 b. 1898
  • Winifred Jessie Butler2 b. 1899


  1. Trove Digitised Newspapers, Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899) Thursday 27 April 1893 Page 6.
  2. Tasmanian Archives database: Tas Links.