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Isaac Nichols (1770–1819)

On Monday morning last, at his house in George street, after a long illness, Mr Isaac Nichols, Postmaster, leaving a widow and three sons to lament his death. Mr. Nichols came to this Colony in the Admiral Barrington, in October 1791, when the present extensive settlements were a continued forest. For many years he filled the office of Principal Superintendent of Convicts with activity and precision; and was the first who received the very useful and much required appointment of Post-master, the duties of which office he has performed highly to the general satisfaction during the last eight or nine years of his lifetime. He was a good farmer also; and the pleasure he took in horticulture has been very conducive to the improvement of colonial gardening, and particularly the extension of the orchard. He was the owner of several colonial vessels, one of which, the schooner Governor Hunter, he built in his own yard many years ago, and was tolerably successful; and it will doubtless be universally admitted that his exertions, duly appreciated, have been highly beneficial to the colony in her infant state. He died in his 49th year; and on Wednesday was interred in a vault in the new burial ground; the funeral being attended by several Magistrates, and other Officers of the Civil Establishment, and a long train of friends.

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Alternative Names
  • Nicholls, Isaac

29 July, 1770
Calne, Wiltshire, England


8 November, 1819 (aged 49)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years