When collating the Old Sydney Burial Ground burial inventory one found a partial transcription of a headstone for Catherin West in Epitaphs in the Church Yard at Sydney New South Wales in Arnold, Joseph. Letters etc 1810 and Journal 1815, Mitchell Library CY Reel 339. CYA:1849-2. Continue reading
Crime: Rape. Tried: Limerick, October 1798, age 20 years. Sentence: Life. Trade: Labourer cooper.
Henry Grady and William Fitzgerald, privates in the Limerick Militia, were convicted on the clearest evidence for a rape on the body of Joan Doyle. It appeared that on the night of 20th August last as they were on their march after the battle of Vinegar Hill, they halted at a little town called Gowran. They went into the house the prosecutrix and demanded a drink of milk; the poor woman with great cheerfulness went into her room to get it, when she was immediately pursued by the prisoners, seized and carried into a haggard, and there each of them abused her – it appeared they were both armed, and that each stood guard for the other, and held the unfortunate husband – they were ordered fore execution the 17th instant.
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
The HMS Buffalo sailed from Port Jackson 21 April 1803 arriving Norfolk Island 9 May 1803 under the command of master Wm. Kent. Continue reading