The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.
Former convict who joined Sydney's early police force shortly after his arrival in the colony in 1803. Also known as Ikey, or Hikey, Bull, probably due to his size. He had been convicted of robbery in 1799 and He was tried for the murder of fellow officer Joseph Luker in 1803, he was found not guilty due to lack of conclusive evidence. His association with criminals and the corrupt behaviour as a police officer that became apparent during the investigation into Luker's death saw Simmonds return to life as a convict however, initially at George's Head, and then the Newcastle penal colony. He was released in 1818 and died in Sydney in 1833.