Country Of Origin Scotland
Born 1827
Died 1883
Birth/Baptism Born approx. 1827, Inverness, Scotland
Parents Alexander Nicholson
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Watchmaker, Jeweller
Work Locations Hobart
Street Address
Goulburn Street, Hobart
Trial 15 April 1848, Court of Justiciary, Inverness
30 March 1855, Hobart Town Quarter Sessions
25 October 1864, Hobart Supreme Court
Sentence 1848: Seven years for stealing six silver watches and one gold watch at Inverness.
1855: One-year imprisonment with hard labour at Port Arthur for ‘unlawfully pledging a watch without consent.’
25 October 1864: Four years imprisonment for stealing one accordion.
Arrival 3 October 1850 on the convict ship, Nile (2)
Police Number 22799
Convict Assignment
Ticket of Leave 15 October 1850, revoked.
Conditional Pardon
Other July 1852: Absconded, seven days solitary confinement.

Approx. 1850s: Watchmaker, Hobart.

The Courier 1 May 1855:
‘Felony – Robert Nicholson, watchmaker, Goulburn Street, was committed this day by F Burgess, Esq., to take his trial on a charge of felony. A carpenter named Somers some time since handed a lady’s gold watch to the prisoner to repair, and failing to get it back after many applications, Somers made enquiries, which led to the discovery that Nicholson had pawned the watch to Mr Sims, Liverpool Street, upon which a warrant for his apprehension was granted.’

1867: Sentenced to three months hard labour for neglecting his duty as a watchman at Port Arthur.

14 May 1868: Last entry on his convict conduct record, Port Arthur.

Death Possibly February 1883 at New Town Pauper Establishment.
TAHO: CON33/1/97, CON37/1/8, CON14/1/41, AB693/1/1 1855, SC32/1/8, AF35/1/1 (BU 4157) 1883.
Web: Founders & Survivors convict database.
The Courier Hobart 1 May 1855; Tasmanian Colonist 4 June 1855, The Examiner (Launceston) 23 November 1864.