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Charles Overend Garbutt (1850 - 1905)

Charles Overend Garbutt
Born in Stockton, County Durham, England, United Kingdommap
Husband of — married 13 Jan 1872 in Stamford Hill, London, England, United Kingdommap
Died in Near Herberton, Queensland, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Jan 2020
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The suburb of Garbutt, in Townsville, is named after this man.


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Charles Garbutt was born in County Durham, England.

Charles Overend Garbutt was born at Stockton, County Durham, England in 1850. He was the second son of Thomas Garbutt and Jane Overend.[1][2]

In 1851, Charles was living in Stockton, County Durham, England with his family and two servants.[3]

Thomas Garbutt Head Male 28 Danby, Yorkshire
Jane Garbutt Wife Female 27 Brantham, Yorkshire
John Edward Garbutt Son Male 2 Norton, Durham
Charles Overend Garbutt Son Male 0 Norton, Durham
Lucy Anne Overend Visitor Female 76 Bentham, Yorkshire
Jane Mann Servant Female 24 Darlington, Durham
Ellen Heppinstall Servant Female 19 Stockton, Durham

In 1863, Charles emigrated to Brisbane on board the Cairngorm with his widowed mother and brothers.[4]

In 1872, Charles married Lucy Elizabeth Watson.[5][6]

They had thirteen children:

  1. Olive
  2. Charles
  3. Emmeline
  4. John
  5. Lucy
  6. Herbert
  7. Ernest
  8. Charles
  9. Kate
  10. Mary
  11. Dorothy

Charles was a North Queensland Pastoralist who established a Butchering firm. He also ventured into mining. His sons established Garbutt Bros Butchery in Townsville.

In 1901, Charles wrote for the Wild River Times an account of his journey overland from Tirabella Station (near Mount Garnet) to Ebagoolah (60km north of Yarraden), via Herberton, Mareeba, crossing the Mitchell, Palmer, and Laura Rivers, Butcher's Hill Station (now Lakeland), another Laura crossing, and Laura township.[7] His route appears to have followed roughly the course of modern State Highway 81 (Mulligan Highway/Penninsula Developmental Road). He did some prospecting along the way, and described visits with friends, delays due to high water, and observations of the nature and condition of the land through which he passed.

He passed away near Herberton, Queensland, Australia in 1905.[8] Newspaper accounts of Charles's death place it either on Courtney's Creek[9] or Cassowary Creek.[10] Courtney's Creek was perhaps another name for Cassowary Creek, or a tributary of Cassowary Creek. A man named Courtney had an establishment in the area.[11] Less than two weeks after Charles's death, a promising tin deposit was reported there.[12]


  1. Citing this Record "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 October 2014), Charles Overend Garbutt, 1850; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Stockton, Durham, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  2. Birth Registration Index (database online). General Register Office, UK. Garbutt, Charles Overend, Jun qtr 1850, Stockton and Sedgefield. Mother's name Overend. Volume 24 Page 294.
  3. Citing this Record "England and Wales Census, 1851," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 9 November 2019), Charles Overend Garbutt in household of Thomas Garbutt, Norton, Durham, England; citing Norton, Durham, England, p. 16, from "1851 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  4. "Assisted immigration 1848-1912," database online, Queensland, Australia State Archives ( Charles Garbutt, 13, Cairngorm, arriving Brisbane 2 Jul 1863. Page 205. QSA Item ID: 18474. Microfilm 1: Z1957. Microfilm 2: M1696. Series ID: 13086. DID No: DR37995.
  5. Citing this Record "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2014), Charles Overend Garbutt, 1872; from "England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing 1872, quarter 1, vol. 3A, p. 207, Edmonton, Middlesex, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  6. "Family Notices" The Brisbane Courier (Brisbane, Queensland) 23 Mar 1872 pg 4. ( : accessed 28 Jun 2021). "On the 13th January, at St. Ann's Church, Stamford Hill, London, ... Charles Overend Garbutt, of Mount Cotton, Queensland, to Lucy Elizabeth, eldest daughter of John Watson, Esq., C.E., of Morcambe Lodge, Stamford Hill, London."
  7. "From Herberton To Ebagoolah." Morning Post (Cairns, Queensland) 23 Apr 1901 pg 4. ( : accessed 28 Jun 2021). Partial reprint of the original story.
  8. Death Registration Index (database online). Queensland, Australia Births, Deaths and Marriages. Charles Overend Garbutt, Death date: 06 Sep 1905. Mother's name: Jane Overend. Father/parent's name: Thomas Garbutt. Registration details: 1905/C/1891.
  9. "Mr. Garbutt's Death." Morning Post (Cairns, Queensland) 9 Sep 1905 pg 2. ( : accessed 24 Jun 2021).
  10. "PERSONAL." The Northern Miner (Charters Towers, Queensland) 13 Sep 1905 pg 4. ( : accessed 24 Jun 2021).
  11. "Mineral Lodes." Morning Post (Cairns, Queensland) 31 Jul 1905 pg 2. ( : accessed 24 Jun 2021).
  12. "MINING." The Northern Miner (Charters Towers, Queensland) 16 Sep 1905 pg 4. ( : accessed 24 Jun 2021).

See Also:

  • "C.W.A. PIONEERS." Townsville Daily Bulletin (Townsville, Queensland) 5 Feb 1931 pg 11. ( : accessed 28 Jun 2021). "Mr. and Mrs. Charles Overend Garbutt. Of Woodleigh and Tirrabella Stations North Queensland."
  • "England and Wales Census, 1861," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 3 March 2021), Charles O Garbutt in household of Jane Garbutt, Stockton, Durham, England, United Kingdom; from "1861 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO RG 9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  • Find a Grave, database and images : accessed 24 June 2021), memorial page for Charles Overend Garbutt (14 Apr 1850–6 Sep 1905), Find A Grave: Memorial #225573611, citing Herberton General Cemetery, Herberton, Tablelands Region, Queensland, Australia ; Maintained by Jack Edwards (contributor 49577555) .
  • Families of Townsville
  • NQ Heritage, Charles Garbutt


Many thanks to Sharon D Weekes for research on this profile.

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