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Richard Vickers

Richard Vickers, one of 260 convicts transported on the Surrey, 09 April 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Vickers
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1815
Occupation: Farm overseer/cattleman
Date of Death: 1862
Age: 47 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: House breaking
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Surrey or Surry
Departure date: 9th April, 1834
Arrival date: 17th August, 1834
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 261 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 336
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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Brian Towler on 13th November, 2018 wrote:

On his certificate of freedom, his occupation is listed as “Cheesemonger”.  Under general remarks it says that he that he was 5 ft 7 inches tall, had sandy hair, fair ruddy complexion with freckles, and hazel eyes, has “red whiskers, a scar back of right cheek near the ear, another under left eye, one upper front tooth inclining inwards. an R.V. tatoo and a crucifix inside his lower right arm.  I.I. in a heart pierced with two darts. R.V. CV T.V. surrounded by two wreaths inside lower left arm and two forefingers of left hand”
His parents were Thomas and Catherine Vickers, so I think RV is his initials, and CV and TV are his parents.  I assume I.I. is a girlfriend he left behind in England.  Two years after he obtained his certificate of freedom in Australia he married Maria White and they had 7 children, one of whom was my ancestor, Sarah Ann Vickers. He died in 1861 at age 47.

Jane vickers on 10th September, 2019 wrote:

According to my research richard vickers died due to a horse riding accident near Orange N.S.W in 1850 It was in the local paper at that time. He was working for land owner.also my research found that he had stolen a piece of roast lamb from a community kitchen for his father who was I’ll in bed and he was arrested and transported for 7 years for this. Same ship same dates as here. Also his wife remarried william Farrell after richard died and later married john Carlton of uralla nsw

Nell Murphy on 11th September, 2019 wrote:

This link from the records of Old Bailey gaol appear to be for this Richard Vickers (?) https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t18331128-10-defend248&div=t18331128-10#highlight.  7 yrs for housebreaking.

Jane vickers on 11th September, 2019 wrote:

See informations and examinations taken parish of Marylebone county of Middlesex 22nd july 1833 city of London London metropolitan archives.

D Wong on 11th September, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey:
RICHARD VICKERS was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Peter Brown, on the 23rd of October, at St. Pancras, and stealing therein, 1 table-cloth, value 2s.; 3 pillow-cases, value 4s.; 3 towels, value 1s.; 4 aprons, value 2s.; and 1 pinafore, value 2s., his goods.

PETER BROWN. I keep a retail beer-house, and live in the parish of St. Pancras. There is a skittle-ground, adjoining my kitchen, on one side of the house - I saw the prisoner on my premises, on the 23rd of October; I saw him in the street, a little distance from my house, with another man; it was about two o’clock - I saw him again, a few minutes afterwards, with a bundle under his arm - he was going out of the yard into the street; I hallooed to him to stop, instead of which, he ran away; I immediately ran after him and caught sight of him, with another young man - I hallooed out, Stop thief; I pointed him out to a witness; he ran after him with me, and the prisoner dropped the bundle from under his left arm - I examined it; it contained three aprons, a tablecloth, and several articles, which are mine - there was a pillow-case; my witness took the prisoner in a lane - I did not see him taken - Burkboy followed him - the bundle was delivered to the policeman - I am quite positive it was the prisoner - I afterwards saw him in custody; the other man got away - the aprons had been washed on the Monday; this was Wednesday.

Prisoner. He says I dropped the things; it was the other man - who ran by me, and said, if you don’t run you will be taken into custody, and then I ran.

PETER BROWN. I did not hear that said - I am certain the prisoner dropped the bundle, and not the other - I saw the prisoner going out of my yard with the bundle - I did not see him in my house.

WILLIAM BURKBOY. I am a journeyman baker - on Wednesday, the 23th of October, I was in Willow-walk, Kentish-town - Mr. Brown came out, and said, “Bill, run after those fellows,” I did so - the prisoner was one of them - I secured him; I am sure it was him; when I first saw them they were both running along - I did not see that either of them had anything; they were sixty or seventy yards from Brown’s premises when I first saw them; the other got away - I saw some linen lying in the road as I ran by.

Prisoner. He caught me a quarter of a mile from the house. Witness. I don’t think it was so much.

HENRY BURTON . I am a constable. On the afternoon of the 23rd of October, I saw the prisoner about ten minutes after two o’clock - he was then in custody of Burkboy - I neither threatened nor made him any promise - I asked him if he had been in Mr. Brown’s skittle-ground; he said, he had; I then said, “You have stolen some linen,” he said, he met a man outside Mr. Brown’s premises, who asked him to go and have a game at skittles; that he went in with the man who stole some linen from the kitchen - I said “you were both running away together,” he said, “Yes, we were;” I searched him and found 15d. on him, in money; I have the linen here; I received it from Mr. Brown.

PETER BROWN. I deliverd the linen to the policeman, they are the things I mentioned before; a tablecloth, and towel, and other things, a pinafore, and 3 pillowcases, they were all in the bundle which I saw the prisoner drop; they are my property; the aprons I wear myself; and here is my child’s pinafore; the table-cloth is what we had in use.

Prisoner’s Defence. I was going through Kennington-lane, and met the young man, who asked me to play a game at skittles; he said, he was going to the kitchen-door, to ask for the skittle-ball; and while he was gone. I went to the water-closet; he came and knocked at the door, and said, “Richard, if you don’t come along you will be taken into custody;” I came out with my trousers undone; he went on to the road, and then he said, “Here they come;” he chucked the things down, and ran on, and got a good deal before me - the witness Brown came up and said, Stop him! I turned up a lane: I stopped, and he caught me.

GUILTY. Aged 18. - Of stealing only. Transported for Seven Years.

Ancestry Convict Indents:
Richard Vickers was listed as 19 on arrival. 

Native Place: Paddington.

Richard was literate, protestant, single, 5’5¼” tall, fair, ruddy and pockpitted complexion, sandy hair, hazel eyes.

6/4/1842: Married Maria White (free “Lord Western” 1840) at Kelso, NSW.
1842: Catherine
1844: Thomas P.
1845: Sarah
1847: Richard
1850: John
1853: James
1858: Francis

2/9/1840: COF

1862: Richard died at Sydney, aged 47.

Richard could not have died in 1850 as he had children born in ‘53 and ‘58.

Jane vickers on 12th September, 2019 wrote:

BATHURST Free Press Saturday 11 October 1850 and Inquest index 1850 No.5653 Orange 3rd October 1850 Richard Vickars.  Templar S.M 23rd October - accidently killed.  On 23 december 1850 maria vickers married william Farrell at carcoar they were married by rev. James b. Leighton of the Scots church. On the same day Maria’s sons richard and john were baptised Presbyterian.  My research informs me that maria white arrived in sydney on 7th September 1835 on the convict ship Mary, aged 25. She was born in Belfast in 1810. But living in Wiltshire when arrested. Her trial at Devon quarter sessions was on 14 October 1834.  On the Lord Western ship there was only a maria Wright listed, no Maria White.

Jane vickers on 12th September, 2019 wrote:

Standing no. Of convict 69-35 indent no 68 maria white age 25, could read, protestant, single, no children,native place Wiltshire, housemaid convicted of Man robbery (pick pocket) sentenced transportation 7 years Devon quarter sessions 14 October 1834. FORMER CONVICTION 6 months.

Jane vickers on 12th September, 2019 wrote:

Marriage certificate of maria vickers and william farrell at Orange Presbyterian church the Scots church joined together in wedlock 23rd december 1850 - witnesses john Sheldon and Catherine seldon- minister James Laughton.The two children born to maria after 1850 could not have been richard vickers children.

Convict Changes History

Brian Towler on 13th November, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1815 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1862 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

Jane vickers on 10th September, 2019 made the following changes:

date of death: 1850 (prev. 1862), occupation, crime

Jane vickers on 10th September, 2019 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

D Wong on 11th September, 2019 made the following changes:

date of death: 1862 (prev. 1850)

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