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Richard Willcocks (c. 1762–1788)

Richard Willcocks (c.1762-1788) and William Jenkins were found guilty on 20 March 1786 at Exeter, Devon, of assaulting a person with sticks with the intention of robbing them. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, the men were sent to the Dunkirk hulk and were discharged to the Charlotte in March 1787. They arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Willcocks was buried at Port Jackson on 16 December 1788.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 382-83

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Wilcox, Richard
  • Willcox, Richard
  • Wilcocks, Richard

c. 1762


15 December, 1788 (aged ~ 26)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
Key Events
Key Places
Convict Record

Crime: assault and robbery
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Devon
Trial Date: 20 March 1786