My Grandfather: Ernest Henry Hickson
Ernest Henry Tune born at 12 Gipps St, Paddington, on 29th June
1893. His mother, Sarah Jane Tune was unmarried at the time.
In 1897 she married, George Thomas Hickson. On 23rd August 1919,
Ernest was adopted under the Legitimation Act of 1902 and his birth
certificate amended to show the surname Hickson. This Act allowed a
District Registrar to re-register the birth of an illegitimate child, whose
parents had subsequently married, to include details of the father and
the parent's marriage. Ernest was using the name Hickson before the
Ernest's nickname was Boykie, given to him at his birth by his
grandmother according to family tradition, and his birth certificate
shows that Lina Mary Tune, grandmother was present at the birth along
with Mrs Percy and Mrs Mary A Connors.
Ernest trained as a nail maker before joining the Australian Army on
1st September 1914.
Click HERE for details of Ernest's war service that I have complied
from various documents and reports.
Personal Description at Date of Enlistment [Dept of Army Documents]
Age: 21 years 2 months
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Chest Measurement - fully expanded 35 1/2 inches
Distinctive Marks: Mole under right arm. Scar on left hand [palm]
To read a letter written to
Ernest in 1915/16 by "Aunty
Kitsy" Catherine Love nee
Tune click HERE
To read a letter written to
Ernest by Alex Thomas dated
December 1918 click HERE
Marriage: On 22nd November 1919,
Ernest married Jane Alice [Jean]
Thomas at All Souls Church of
England Church at in Leichardt,
NSW. Jean was a 19 year old
waitress and Ernest was a 26 year
old labourer. Witnesses were Sarah
Jane Hickson and Alfred Thomas
Hickson. Alice Margaret Hanson
gave her consent as Jean was under
They were married for over 50 years
and celebrated their Golden
Wedding anniversary with family
and friends in 1969 [picture left]
After leaving the army, Ernest
worked for the Waterboard. Due to
his war time injuries he was put on
light duties. He joined the Tramways
and served as a conductor and then
a tram driver. When the trams were
replaced by buses, Ernest worked as
The 1930 electoral roll show Ernest, a tram employee and Jean,
home duties residing at Robert Street, Belmore.
1933 Electoral Roll shows Ernest, a tram conductor, and Jean
residing at 45 St David's Road, Haberfield.
1936 and 1937 at 84 Crystal Street, Petersham. Also in residence
was Alice Mary Houlihan, Jean's cousin.
1943, 1949 & 1954 Electoral Roll shows Ernest, a tramway
employee, and Jean, home duties, residing at 24 Brighton Street,
together with Ernest's brother Albert, a tram driver and Philomena
Ernest and Jean had two children:
Geoffrey Wallace Hickson born 2nd September 1920 in Napier
New Zealand, Geoff was adopted on 15th May 1923. Geoff served
with the 2/18th AIF during WWII and worked as a bus driver after
his discharge. He died on 16th June, 1979 and is buried in the
Macquarie Park Cemetery, general lawn section M19 grave 14.
Barry Ernest Patrick Hickson born 24th July 1937 at Annandale,
NSW. Barry is a salesman by profession. [Christening photo right]
Ernest and Jean also cared for Helen and Margaret Hickson, the
children of Ernest's brother Albert.
Ernest died on 31st May 1970 at the repatriation Hospital,
Concord, NSW. Cause of death was carcinoma of the oesophagus
and bronchial pneumonia. He is buried in the Macquarie Park
Cemetery, Dehli Road, Church of England Section L6, grave no 10.
Below: Ernest's grave.
Below Right: Ernest with wife Jane [Jean] and grandchildren
Last Update 7th February 2013