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David Dickers (1825–1905)

David Dickers (the younger) alias David Davis, and his cousin Robert Dickers were found guilty on 9 April 1844 at Reigate Quarters Sessions, Surrey, of sheep stealing. Both men were sentenced to 10 years transportation and arrived at Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) aboard the Sir Robert Peel in December 1844.

According to Dickers' convict record it was his first conviction. He was single, Protestant, and could read and write a little; his trade was given as waterman and brickmaker. He was 19-years-old,  5 feet 4 inches (162.56 cm) tall, and had a fresh complexion, sandy hair, and blue eyes.

On 15 June 1853 Dickers was refused permission to marry Anne Madden, the reason given that Madden first had to serve six months without offence. He then had two children with Eliza Brown who was described as his defacto wife on her death certificate; she died on 4 August 1866 from chronic bronchitis. Nine years later he married Ann Donovan, a widow, on 28 September 1875 at Clarence, Tasmania; they had five children.

In 1866 a warrant was issued for Dickers' arrest for deserting his illegitimate child at Hobart. In 1885, an advertisement was placed in the Tasmania Police Gazette after he went missing from his house. It was noted that he was 'addicted to drink'. In 1902, aged 77, he was sentenced to seven days gaol for being 'idle and disorderly'.

David Dickers died on 12 May 1905 at Hobart.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Davis, David
  • Dicker, David

Surrey, England


12 May, 1905 (aged ~ 80)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: theft (livestock)
Sentence: 10 years
Court: Surrey
Trial Date: 9 April 1844


Occupation: brick maker
Children: Yes (7)