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Robert Nicholls

Robert Nicholls, one of 136 convicts transported on the Prince of Orange, 22 July 1822

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Nicholls
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1794
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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: Pocket picking
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Prince of Orange
Departure date: 1st April, 1822
Arrival date: 23rd July, 1822
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 135 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 140
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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D Wong on 12th September, 2018 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: pocketpicking.
24th October 1821
Verdict Guilty; Guilty; Guilty
Sentence Transportation

ROBERT NICHOLLS, ROBERT SMITH, and JOHN LOCKYER were indicted for stealing, on the 13th of October, one handkerchief, value 5 s., the goods of Edward Pilgrim, from his person.

NICHOLLS’S Defence. The gentleman caught hold of me, and said I was concealing his handkerchief - he felt, and found nothing. I do not know the others.

LOCKYER’S Defence. I was thirty yards off, and do not know the other two.



Transported for Life.

All were on board the Prince of Orange.

Robert Nicholls was born C1794 - he had been in custody before - once convicted before for stealing some coton from a shop, 2 months..2nd time for stealing harness - acquitted at Newgate 15 months back.

Conduct Record:
3/1/1823: Repeatedly abswent from his masters premises without leave - 25 lashes.

1/11/1823 Hobart Town Gazette:
Charles Brown & Robert Nicholls, convicts, were charged with conspiring, together with Elijah Major and others, to defraud Mr. John Philip Deane of Hobart Town, by fabricating and uttering as true, one note of hand, for the sum of £25, and one other note of hand for the sum of £50, the notes purporting to bear the mark of James Stynes ; and being found guilty were sentenced to receive 100 lashes, and to be transported to Macquarie Harbour for the term of 5 years.

13/3/1824: Absent/or absconded into the woods - 100 lashes and hard labor 6 months in irons.

1830-1835 Musters: Absconded 1824.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 4th May, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, Tasmania. 1826
No; 90
Name; Nicholls [no first name]
Ship arrived by; Prince of Orange
To whom assigned; ABSCONDED; 11 May 1824

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 12th September, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1794 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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