|John Fullick was
transported to Tasmania aboard the Augusta Jessie on the 8th April 1835.
He received the longest sentence of the Fullick convicts being
transported 'for the term of his natural life' This harsh sentence was
handed down for stealing one basket of unwinnowed barley, value: one
shilling, one bushell of barley, value: two shillings
John is also the only one of the five who seem to have received
additional punishment while in the colony.
27 September 1836 For absconding - 25 lashes
30 July 1840 Misconduct, wilfully destroying property of Mr Olding -
1st January 1844 Having in his possession 18lbs of candles and other
articles for which he could not account - 9 months hard labour -
Sentence subsequently remitted
23 December 1845 Maliciously destroying his master's turnips - 1 months
Despite this, he was recommended for a conditional
pardon on the 7 July 1846 and this was approved on the 5th October 1847
John and Henry the Younger subsequently joined their father, George, in NSW, where they
carefully forgot their time in Van Diemen's Land.
John was described as being of
Hair: Dark Brown
Visage: Small, Narrow
Eyebrows: Dark Brown
Eyes: Dark Brown
Remarks: half moon of ?? his right arm. Fish, ?HC, JF on left arm
Parents: George Fullick and Frances Waltham
Date of Birth: 25 December 1810, Headley Hampshire
Date of Marriage: 29 October 1844 St George's Church, Sorell,
Date of Death: 27 January 1897
Buried: Church of England Cemetery, Tarro
On 29 October 1844, John married an Irish convict, Ann
Carlton. Ann was sent to Van Diemen's Land aboard the convict ship
Waverley, sailing from Dublin City on 4 September 1842 and arriving in
Hobart 15 December 1842. She was transported for stealing flour
and felony. The Gaol Report says Ann was very well behaved and
quiet, though she was placed in solitary confinement on 4
September 1844 where she spent 10 days for insolence.
Ann is later shown as a 3rd
class Probation Pass Holder, which was the best PPH class and she
received it on the date the probation system was introduced for female
convicts. This meant that Ann was now available for hire to employees.
Prior to this, Ann would probably have worked in one of the female factories. They had no children of their own but adopted one
daughter, Julia Watson, who later married William Berlin in 1894.
The Berlin's son John C Berlin was born the same year.
John was granted a timber license for the Maitland
district in 1870 for the fee of 10shillings and in the 1875-6 issue of
Greville's Official Post Office Directory was listed as Fullick, John
farmer, Hexham. He also appears in the Lower Hunter 1870-71 land
owners directory as:
||Christian and Surname
On 27th June 1863, John gave evidence at the inquest into the
death of George Ward at John's dairy property in Hexham. The
Newcastle Chronicle reported that George Ward had been a guest
of John and had paid him a visit to recuperate after an illness.
John had seen the deceased walking in the garden and later had
seen him lying on the ground. Going to investigate, George
Ward was found to be deceased "with one hand in his pocket
and the other arm outstretched". Medical evidence was
called and the jury subsequently recorded a verdict of "Death
by the Visitation of God"
A copy of John and Ann's marriage record and the
newspaper report of the evidence given by John at George Ward's
inquest can be viewed by clicking here
When John died he left an estate of £150 which would have
been the equivalent of many thousands of pounds today. It
is interesting to note that Edward Sparke was one of
the witnesses to the will perhaps indicating that the Fullicks
continued a relationship with the family of his father's
This is the last will and testament of me John
Fullock of Tarro near Hexham in the Colony of NSW, farmer.
I revoke all wills, codicils and other testamentary
dispositions by me at anytime heretobefore made and declare this
to be my last will and testament and direct that all my just
debts, funeral and testamentary expenses be duly paid.
I give devise and bequeath all my real and personal
estate unto and to the use of my wife Ann Fullock and her
assigns for her life and after her death I give and devise and
bequeath the same unto and to the use of George Hollingshead of
Newcastle in the said colony, Carpenter, his heirs
executors and administrators upon trust to sell, call in and
convert the same into money at such times and in such manner as
the said George Hollingshead shall think proper and after
payment of all costs and charges incidental to such sale upon
trust to pay over the net residue after such sale calling in and
conversion to Julia Watson, daughter of the late James Watson of
Hexham aforesaid. I
declare the share of any female taking under this my will shall
be for her sole and separate use free from the debts control or
engagement of any present or future husband and I appoint my
wife Ann Fullick and the said George Hollinshead trustees,
executrix and executor of the my will. In witness my hand at
Newcastle this seventeenth day of February in the year of our
Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety. Signed and
acknowledged by the said testator as and for his last will and
testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at
his request in his presence and in the presence of each other
have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses
William Sparke and Henry Holmes.
Probate was granted to Ann Fullick East Maitland and George Hollinshead