James Nixon, born Northumberland England. Private in NSW Corps. He listed into the NSW Corps 25 July 1800 Sydney at the age of 28. He travelled to Norfolk island aboard HMS Porpoise in March 1801. James was on Norfolk Island from 1801 to October 1805.
1802 – 1804 James Nixon: Private in NSW Corps on Norfolk Island. James departed Norfolk Island taking with him, Mary and two surviving children (Robert and Mary) aboard HMS Buffalo in October 1805
In 1806 James was living in Sydney with defacto and mother of his children born on Norfolk Island, Mary Flynn listed as his house keeper (Convict Minerva 1800). James was stationed in the Hawkesbury region in 1809.
Afterwards he was transferred to the 73rd Regiment in October 1810, and was stationed first at Parramatta (1810), then Hobart (1810 – 1813). James left NSW aboard the Wyndham in Apr 1814 and then he was stationed at Ceylon (Sri Lanka) until December 1815. He was discharged from the 73rd Regiment in England in 1818, at the age of 46 years as an out pensioner of Chelsea Hospital. James returned to Australia aboard the Hibernia in 1819 with no family as a discharged soldier from the 73rd regiment and applied for permission to become a free settler.
1820: 1st district Police Constable in Sydney, a position he held until at least 1823. There is no listing in the 1828 Census for James Nixon or Nickson.
 TNA, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Soldiers Service Documents, WO 97/1-1271, Hobart Town Gazette, 15 May 1819, p. 2 and SRNSW Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1828, Reel 6021; 4/1094 p.11
 SRNSW Colonial Secretary’s Papers 1788-1828, Reel 6056; 4/1764 p.63