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George Jilks (1792–1871)

George Jilks (Gilkes), groom, was sentenced to seven years transportation for feloniously stealing, on the 13th of August 1814, one copper, value 20 shillings, the property of William Rhodes, which was affixed to a building belonging to Rhodes. Jilks arrived in Sydney in 1816 aboard the Mariner. His height was given as 5 feet 10¾ inches (179.7 cms). He had a dark ruddy complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes and was pock pitted.

In 1821 Jilks was appointed a constable and was later Chief Constable of Sydney and then of Windsor. He retired in 1843 and the next year was appointed Inspector of Weights and Measures for the City of Sydney.

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Alternative Names
  • Gilkes, George

London, Middlesex, England


8 April, 1871 (aged ~ 79)
Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

cerebral softening

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years