For Mary Ann's early years, Nicholls provided information about her family background and schooling. For her later years, he provided extremely important information about her activities while Fred Ward was incarcerated on Cockatoo Island prior to his escape in 1863 (see the second last paragraph).
Go to Statement of Magistrate Thomas Nicholls
In view of Nicholls' statement and the confirmatory evidence from other contemporary records (see Did Mary Ann Bugg help Fred Ward escape from Cockatoo Island?), it is difficult to understand why Thunderbolt myth-propagators keep declaring that Mary Ann helped Fred escape from Cockatoo Island. Where is their evidence?