John HOSKINS Phillip FIELD Richard HOLLAND Honour KINSMAN Mini tree diagram


also known as Ann KINGSMAN

also known as Ann KINGSMILL

1809 - May 1861

Life History


Born in Launcells, Cornwall

10th Dec 1809

Baptised in Launcells, Cornwall.1

d/o Honour

11th Mar 1830

Christ Church, Hexam

11th Mar 1830

Married John HOSKINS in Newcastle, NSW, Australia.2,3

John Hoskin of Maitland and Ann Kingsman of the parish of Newcastle were married in this Church by banns with the consent of [the] Governor this eleventh day of March in the year 1830.

By me F Wilkinson Chaplain

Ann and John both made their marks.

The witnesses were Henry Winchester (signed) and Ellen Winchester (made mark).

Ann was aged 20, John aged 25


Death of John HOSKINS in East Maitland, NSW, Australia


Death of Richard HOLLAND in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia


Married Phillip FIELD in Clarencetown, New South Wales, Australia.4

May 1861

Died in Paramatta, NSW, Australia (Paramatta Lunatic Asylum)

9th May 1861

Buried in Paramatta, NSW, Australia (St Patrick Roman Catholic Church)

Ann Field aka Hosking, aged 61 (sic)

Other facts


Partner of Richard HOLLAND

Never Married


  • Details taken from "Susannah Watson and the convicts of the Princess Royal" by Babette Smith, published 2005:

    Ann Kinsman (sometimes known as Kingsmill or Kingsman) was born about 1809 in Cornwall, she was a Protestant, could read and had worked as a farm servant and dairymaid.  On the 14 July 1828 she was convicted at Dorset assizes of picking pockets and was sentenced to 7 years transportation although she had no previous convictions.

    It was said that she accosted a man at Blandford Fair in Dorset, diverted him by putting her left hand "round his person" and used her right hand to take his money. She was apparently the worse for drink at the time.  A male accomplice (who was later sentenced to two years hard labour) helped her to get away.

    She is described as a half inch over five foot tall, ruddy freckled complexion, brown hair, brown eyes and a flat nose. She had a scar on her left cheek and eye, a raised mark on her right arm and a scar on her right forefinger.

    She was transported to Australia on the 7 Nov 1828 on the Princess Royal along with 100 other convicts.

    In May 1829 she was placed in service with Edward Spark at Dart Brook on the Hunter River. In February 1830, while still in service to Edward Spark, she married John Hoskins who worked for Spark. John set up as a butcher in Maitland shortly after this marriage, which was evidently not a happy one. In January 1833 John beat Ann so badly that charges were brought against him, but, predictably, Ann dropped the charges a week later. Eight months after that she ran away from her husband and master, and was brought before the bench for absconding. She was sent down to Paramatta only to be returned to the local magistrates on the order of the Governor. They eventually returned her to her husband.

    She may have stayed with him for another few months, but when her sentence was over in 1835 she left and took Richard Holland of Maitland as a lover.  These two were implicated with others in the theft of some pigs, the case aginst Richard being dropped for lack of evidence and Ann being found Not Guilty. During their incarceration the two exchanged letters which show a deep affection between them, and an evident mistrust of just about everyone around them.

    Richard Holland died a pauper in 1840 in Bathurst, but Ann remained around the Hunter River district.

    In 1848 she married Phillip Field in Clarencetown.

    She died in May 1861 at Paramatta Lunatic Asylum.
  • 25 October 1828

    The surgeon's log from the Princess Royal reports that Ann Kinsman was treated for an ulcer on her leg.

    "Has an ulcer over the tibia which is apparently of long standing. The veins of the leg are extremely varicose. Applied Calaplastine Common and Habeat Sulphate aqueous."

    A week later in the same log the surgeon records:

    "The ulcer looks healthy and has healed considerably. The veins of the leg do not appear as much distended and a soft puffy swelling that was about the ankle and knee has disappeared."


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