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Nichols, John (1754–1822)

John Nichols was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing fifty-seven razors, value 4l. six power puffs, value 48s, 48 hanks for silk, value 7s, six bunches of human hair value 40s, sixty two ivory combs value 35s, a razor-strap value 2s, twelve pairs of scissors value 9s, twenty-two boxes of soap, value 2s, twelve rolls of pomatum, value 6s, nineteen pound weight of hair powder value 10s, thirty six yards of wig ribbons value 10s, twenty-four silk cauls value 12s, twenty-three silk and thread cauls value 5s, one looking glass, value 12d, three silk purses, value 6s, one hat brush value 6d, one leather tobacco box value 4s, twenty yards of wig ribbon value 4s, four pounds of brown powder value 8s, six rolls of other powder value 2s, and a silk powder puff value 9s. He arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Scarborough as part of the First Fleet. His occupation was described as servant to an hair merchant and perfumer in the ship's indent.

James married Mary Carroll née Randell in March 1788. They were sent to Norfolk Island in November. Following his wife's death in 1802 he married Ann Pugh in 1803.

By 1792 he was living on a 30-acre grant of land at Prospect Hill, New South Wales. By 1801 he had 90 acres of land, 56 acres of which were under cultivation for wheat/maize. In the 1810 Muster he gave his occupation as district constable.

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