Howard, Robert Rice

Robert 'Nosey Bob' Howard was the New South Wales public hangman from 1876 until his retirement in 1904. He acted as assistant executioner several times prior to his official permanent appointment. Howard had been a successful hansom cab driver who was apparenlty popular with his wealthy Darling Point clientele (it was rumoured that he had been the preferred cab driver for Prince Alfred during his visit to Sydney in 1868), but after being kicked in the head by one of his horses and losing his nose, his disfigured appearance deterred his former patrons and his business failed. He moved from Paddington with his family to Bondi Beach in 1888 and lived there until his death in 1906.

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Born
1832
Arrived Sydney
1861
Died
Bondi
03 Feb 1906
Buried
05 Feb 1906
Occupation
1875 - 1904
Position
08 Jan 1889
31 May 1894
31 May 1894
16 Jul 1897
18 Jan 1901
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1858 - 1878

Robert ‘Nosey Bob’ Howard

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2021

Robert Rice Howard was the official executioner or hangman in New South Wales for nearly 30 years. Initially a successful cab driver in mid-nineteenth century Sydney, he took on the role of 'finisher of the law' after losing his nose in an accident with a horse and losing much of his business.