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Henry Nicholls

Henry Nicholls, one of 178 convicts transported on the Marquess of Hastings, 27 June 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Nicholls
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1808
Occupation: Bread & biscuit maker
Date of Death: 15th October, 1833
Age: 25 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: House breaking
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Marquis of Hastings
Departure date: 27th June, 1828
Arrival date: 12th October, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 178 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 436
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Penny-Lyn Beale on 9th August, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842

Name: Henry Nichols

Date of conviction: 10 Jan 1828
Place of Conviction: London
Vessel: Marquis of Hastings (3)

No; 1759 - 88
Age: 20. Estimated birth year: abt 1808
Education: R & W
Religion; Protestant
Single or Married; Single
Native Place: Derbyshire
Calling; Bread & Biscuit maker
Offence; House Breaking
Date of Trial: 10 Jan 1828
Height; 5 ft. 6 inches
Complexion: Ruddy to
Hair: Brown to Black
Eyes; Brown
Old Bailey Proceedings Online

HENRY NICHOLLS, Theft > housebreaking, 10th January 1828.
Before Lord Chief Baron Alexander.

293. HENRY NICHOLLS was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Goodey and Robert Humphrey , at St. Matthew, Bethnal-green, on the 27th of December , and stealing 1 picture, value 8s.; 2 glass salts, value 2s., and 3 images, value 6d. , the goods of the said Robert Humphrey.

ROBERT HUMPHREY. I and my father-in-law, John Goodey, rent the house, No. 8, Foster-street, in the parish of Bethnal-green - we both live there, and pay the expenses jointly. On Thursday evening, the 27th of December, about seven o’clock, I went out, having locked the door and fastened the shutters - the back door was also fastened - I left nobody in the house - I went with my wife to No. 12, in the same street, and in about a quarter of an hour my wife went to the house, expecting her father home - I heard the cry of Thieves! I ran out towards the door, and saw the prisoner come out of our door, and run away - I pursued him immediately, and never lost sight of him - I am positive he is the man; he ran down the street, towards where I was coming up; I saw him taken, and am positive he is the man who ran out of the house; his hat fell off as he ran by the door which I came out of - a neighbor picked it up.

Cross-examined. Q. How far were you from the house when he ran out? A. Four doors off - it was not very dark - it was about seven o’clock; there was an oil-lamp near the house; he turned no corner; the property taken was mine, and not my father-in-law’s; I am sure it is Bethnal-green parish.

MARY ANN HUMPHREY . On Thursday, the 27th of December, I and my husband went to a neighbor’s house; and about a quarter past seven o’clock I returned to look at the fire; as I was putting the key to the door, it flew open, and three men rushed out - the prisoner was the first- I caught hold of him, and am sure he is the man; I had hold of him; he struck me three times on the side of my head, and got away; my husband heard me cry Murder! Thieves! and came towards the house; the prisoner ran towards the bottom of the street; the other men ran another way; I am certain of the prisoner’s person; there was a light in the house, from a candle which they had lighted; when I went in I missed a picture, a pair of salts, three images, and the tops of two vinegar-cruets; I had seen them safe before I went out; the tea-caddy was broken open, and a few papers, which had been in it, were strewed about the table; I had locked the caddy; I have not found the property.

Cross-examined. Q. Your impression was, that three men ran out? A. Yes - the prisoner was the first; there is an oil-lamp about five doors from the house; my husband was in a neighbor’s house, four doors off.

JOSHUA FLACK . On Thursday evening, the 27th of December, about five minutes past seven o’clock, I was washing myself at my coal-shed door, which is at No. 24, fifty or sixty yards from this house; I saw the prisoner and another one pass by my place, and look very conspicuously about: they went about twenty yards, and then returned; I looked at them; they turned up the street; I watched them to the middle of the street, and went to see that all my doors and windows were safe, and in eight or ten minutes I heard a cry in the street; I ran out, and saw the prisoner running eight or ten yards before any others; I told him, if he moved another inch I would knock his brains out; I collared him; he made no resistance; I told him it was of no use; he said what had he done; nine or ten people came up, and said he was the man who had run out of the house; I had seen him pass my door twice, and knew him again.

Cross-examined. Q. Where he came from you could not say? A. Not the exact place - I did not see him come out of the door; he had no hat on when I stopped him.

THOMAS PEARCE . I am a constable, and received him in charge, at Mr. Humphrey’s house; I searched him, and found twelve shillings, in silver, two knives, and a pencil-case, on him, but none of the property; his hat was lying on the floor; he asked for it; I asked if it was his, and he said Yes.

ROBERT HUMPHREY . His hat had fallen off in the street when I followed him; a neighbor picked it up, and threw it into the house.

Prisoner’s Defense. I was running up the street; seeing several others run; a man caught hold of me, and knocked my hat off.

The Court ruled the parish to be sufficiently proved, there being but one parish of Bethnal-green.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 20.

Sentence respited 5 March 1828

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Death Register, 1826-1879

Name: Henry Nicholls
Date of Death: 15 Oct 1833
District: Liverpool

Had 1 pound in the bank at the time of his death.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 22nd April, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Liverpool St Luke.
No; 386
Name; Henry Nicholls
Abode; Liverpool Hospital
When buried; 1833, 16 Oct
Age; 25
Ship’s Name; Marq. Hastings
Quality or profession. Attached to No; 6 Road Party
By Whom Ceremony was preformed; Robert Cartwright

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 9th August, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1808 (prev. 0000), date of death: 15th October, 1833 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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