Tim TieLast Name
Tim Tea, Tim Tee, Tim Ti,Arrival in Queensland
1876Date of Birth
1856Place of Birth
Amoy, Fujian, ChinaDate of Death
5 April 1886Burial
South BrisbanePlace of residence in Queensland
Tim Tie was employed by Mr Falconer's water boring party at Dulvavilla (now Dulbydilla), 500km west of Brisbane on the road between Roma and Charleville. Tie was born in Amoy, Fujian, China in 1856 and arrived in Queensland in 1876. Although his name was spelled Tie in his trial and gaol records, it was generally spelled Tee or Tea in newspaper reports, likely indicating how Tie's name was pronounced.
Tie's trial for the murder of Jimmy Ah Fook took place at the Roma Circuit Court on 9-10 March 1886. Jimmy Sam from Amoy acted as interpreter. Testimony was given that Tie had come back to his tent to find a man he believed to be Ah Fook getting dressed. Tie was said to believe that Ah Fook had been with his wife Kate. Tie went to Ah Fook's bakery shop and, after arguing over a gambling debt, returned to the shop and shot Ah Fook approximately 40 times with a double-barrelled shotgun.
Among the people giving evidence was Jimmy Ah Gee, brother of Jimmy Ah Fook, also a cook in Dulbydilla. He was called to his brother's bakery on the night of the shooting and helped carry him to the railway station so he could be sent to Roma for medical treatment. However, Ah Fook died of his wounds at the station before the train departed.
Tim Tie denied that he shot Ah Fook but was found guilty by a jury and executed by hanging at the Boggo Road Gaol in South Brisbane on 5 April 1886.
QSA, Photographic record, description and criminal history, Item Representation ID DR17247
Photograph, physical description and criminal history of Tim Tie, March 1886, No. 297/96
Certificate of execution, Queensland Government Gazette, Vol. XXXVIII, 1886, p. 1382
via Findmypast (citation only, subscription required)
Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Death registration, Tim Tie, 5 April 1886, 1886/B/18747
The Hungry Ghosts of Boggo Road
Leonie Gane, 2008. 2nd ed., Boggo Road Gaol Historical Society, Brisbane
Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton)
1 Mar 1886
1 Mar 1886
Alleged murder at Dulbydilla
4 Mar 1886
Western Star and Roma Advertiser
13 Mar 1886
Execution at the gaol
6 Apr 1886
Online ResourcesGriffith University, Prosecution Project
Boggo Road Gaol Historical Society, Executed prisoners, Brisbane 1883-1913
Findagrave memorial for Tim Tie