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William Nicholls

William Nicholls, one of 325 convicts transported on the Royal Admiral, May 1792

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Nicholls
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1771
Occupation: Carpenter
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 7 years

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Royal Admiral
Departure date: 30th May, 1792
Arrival date: 7th October, 1792
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 346 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 184
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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Community Contributions

Taniqua on 12th March, 2014 wrote:

William married Elizabeth Hayward and had three kids. Elizabeth born on 2nd March 1794, Margaret born in 1796 and Robert D.O.B unknown.

D Wong on 13th March, 2014 wrote:

William Nicholls was 21 years old when convicted along with Edward Vaughan alias Purcell (also on board) for stealing to the value of 39s.

William went to Norfolk Island in December 1792 in the American trader ‘Philadelphia’.

There he had a child with Elizabeth Hayward, a daughter Elizabeth born 1794, they had another child 21/1/1795 which seems to have died, as there is no further mention of it and then another daughter Margaret born 1796.

George then disappeared from the records in Norfolk Island also in 1796.

There is a death for a William Nicholls who dies in 1813, aged 33 and buried at the Old Sydney Burial Ground, this would make him born in 1780. Dates I find are always a little out, however, nothing else found on William Nicholls.

Convict Changes History

Taniqua on 12th March, 2014 made the following changes:

gender: m

D Wong on 13th March, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1771 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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