George Thomas Hickson and Sarah Jane Tune
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George and Sarah had the following children:
Hickson: Ernest Henry [TUNE/HICKSON] born 29th June, 1893 at 12 Gipps Street,
Paddington. My Grandfather
Hickson: Alfred Thomas born 14th October 1897. Alfred served in WW1. According to his
enlistment papers he was 5' 6 1/2" tall, sallow complexion with blue eyes and fair hair. His
religion was Cof E and he was a labourer. He served in the 1st Battalion AIF. His service
number was 6515.Alfred married Roberta Rebecca Matthewson [Cross, Allan] They had two
daughters. The 1930 and 33 electoral roll shows Alfred and Roberta residing at 26 Hurlestone
Ave Hurlstone Park. The 1936 electoral roll shows Alfred, a painter, living with his parents at 1
Cromwell Street, Croydon. Alfred served again in WW2. At the time of his discharge he was
assigned to the Cowra POW Group. Died 1st May 1962 at Dundas [ref 12841] He is buried at
Rookwood in the Anglican Cemetery Section 19, Row 16, Grave 2489.
Hickson: Edward George born 1899. Died, 27th April 1918 in France in WWI.
Hickson: Ruby May born 1904; died 10th November 1904 a 3 Brodie Street Surrey Hills. Age
10 months. Cause of death Broncho Pneumonia which had lasted for 4 or 5 days. Medical
attendant Roland W Lane had seen her on 5th November. Ruby was buried on 28th November
at the Church of England cemetery Rookwood Zone C section MMMM plot 551. Sarah J
Hickson [altered from Hixon] mother of 3 Brodie Street was the informant.
Hickson: Mabel Helena born 1906, Waverley, died on 15th January 1924 at Coast Hospital
[ref SMH], Redfern [ref 429/1924] According to family sources, Mabel died of dropsy, a build up
of fluid due to heart or kidney failure. She had been ill for some time. She was buried on
Thursday 17th January at the Church of England Cemetery, Rookwood Area AN Section 7
grave 1801. The following notice appeared in the SMH dated 19th January 1924: Mr and Mrs.
HICKSON 100 Park road Hurstville return sincere THANKS to doctor and nurse for their kind
attendance to our beloved daughter Mabel in her late illness.
Hickson: Leslie Frank born 7th May 1908. On the 12th October 1917, Leslie was admitted to
the Mittagong Farm Home for Boys with younger brother Albert on a charge of stealing. He
was aged nine years and 6 months at the time. The character of parents and home is shown as
'good'. Between 1930 and 1937 the Electoral Rolls show Leslie, a labourer, residing with his
parents at 1 Cromwell Street, Croydon. Served in WW2. Enlisted on 11th June 1941 as a
Private, service number N250960. Family sources suggest that Leslie stood about 6' 4" tall. The
1943 Electoral roll shows him residing at 55 Carshalton Street, Croydon. He was a labourer.
Leslie died 1946 at Petersham [ref 24147] According to family sources he was dining with his
brother Ernest and sister-in-law Jean and had a heart attack at the table. He was taken to
Lewisham Hospital where he later died. Oral tradition states that Leslie never married and he
may have had an antique/second hand good shop at Surrey Hills. Buried Rookwood cemetery
on 27th December 1946 Area AN section 7 grave 1801 with sister Mabel.
Hickson: Albert John born 19th June, 1910, Redfern. Albert married Daisy Searle.
Hickson: Lina Mary born, 1912 Waterloo. The 1936 Electoral Roll shows Lina living with her
parents at 1 Cromwell Street, Croydon. Lina is a Machinist. Lina married William Edward
Tickner in 1942 at Auburn. They had a stillborn son in 1943 at Paddington. They also had two
daughters. They lived at Macquarie Fields.
1901: The census collectors books for 1901 show George Thomas Hickson residing at Holt
Place East Sydney [off Elizabeth Street?]. In the household are 4 males and 1 female.
1902 The Sydney Morning Herald dated Friday 5th December 1902 reports that George
Hickson, a labourer aged 29, was charged with using obscene language within the hearing of
persons passing in Martin Street, Paddington and fined 2 pounds, or in default month's
1904: The Evening News [Sydney ] dated 29th September 1904 reported:
George Hickson, a labourer, aged 27, was charged with having used indecent words in the bar
of the Burdekin Hotel, Oxford and Liver pool streets, whilst it was open to the public. The
barman, Maurice Barry, said the accused entered the hotel at about 9.30 last night, with two
others, and called for drinks. He paid for two, remarking that sixpence was all the money he
had, and when asked for the other three pence, he used the language complained of. The
barman was not impressed in the customer's favour in consequence of his weird verbosity, so
he called in. the services of a constable. The accused said he and his friend had only called for
two drinks; the other man called for one 'on his own.' A fine of 40s was imposed; in default, 14
days' hard labour.
During WW1 George enlisted not once but twice. Both times he was discharged as being
medically unfit. Given George's age, 42 and his ongoing problems with bunions and
rheumatism, it is a testament to his patriotism that he tried so hard to be a part of Australia's
George Thomas Hickson enlisted for the first time on 31st January 1916 in the 13th
Reinforcement of the 19th Battalion, Regimental Number 5005. His attestation papers were
signed at Casula NSW on 1st February 1916. Personal details were as follows:
Place of Birth: Fredericktown, Macleay River
Age: 42 years 8 months on the first page and 42 years 6 months on the third page
Trade or Calling: Labourer
Next of Kin: Sarah Jane Hickson - wife, Belmont Street, Merrylands, NSW
Height 5 foot 3 inches - Weight: 152 lbs - Chest: 34 - 37 ½ inches
Complexion: dark - Eyes: Brown - Hair: Dark Brown - Eyes: R 6/18 L 6/6 - Religion: Church of
George served 98 days with his Battalion. Details of his service record are as follows:
31/1/16- Enlisted Casula NSW
1/2/ 19th Bat B Company [1/2/16 – 19/4/16]
20/4/16 – 7/6/16 13th Reinforcement Liverpool Camp
18/5/16 Absent without leave 1 day fined 10/- lose one days pay.
22/5/16 Failing to report for duty when warned Saturday Picquet, Sunday Picquet 20&21 May
Absent without leave 2 days 20& 21 May fined 10/- lose 2 days pay. Length of service 4 months
general character fair.
3/6/16 Absent without leave 3 days 3rd-8th June. Lose pay for period. Length of service 3
months general character good.
7/6/16 Discharge Medically unfit
The following is a summary of his Medical Discharge:
Detailed Medical History of Invalid - 1/6/16
Disease or Disability: Bunions
When did D or D originate: 20 Years [ago]
Cause: Wearing hard boots
Present Condition: Claims he can not march and do the drill – can not walk any distance.
Opinion of Medical Board – Unfit for active service. Recommend Discharge
On 6th February 1917, George volunteered once more, this time as a private in the 53rd
Battalion at Bondi Junction. George declared his previous service.
His personal details at the time were as follows:
Place of Birth: Frederickton
Age: 42 years 7 months - George was almost 44 by this time.
Trade of Calling: Labourer
Next of Kin: Wife, Mrs Sarah Jane Hickson, Belmont Street, Loftus Park, Merrylands, New
Height: 5 feet 4inches - Weight: 148 lbs - Chest: 35 - 37 ½ inches - Complexion; dark - Eyes:
brown - Hair: dark
Tattoo of woman on front right forearm
Bunion left foot no pain.
3 Vaccination marks on left arm [infancy]
Vision 6/6 each eye.
Religion: Church of England
On 16th June 1917, George and his Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board
HMAT A72 Beltana.
Details from his service record are as follows:
16/6/17 embarked Sydney A 72 Beltana
25/8/17 disembarked Plymouth
19/9/17 Transferred from Pioneer training Bat Fovant.
19/9/17 Taken on strength 53rd Bat at Hardcott. from 1st pioneers
28/11/17 Private classified C1 at Codford
17/12/17 Private marched out to NO2 com dept Weymouth
10/1/18 returned to Aust per H.T ‘Corinthic’ for discharge. Departed Devonsport.
7/3/18 Arrived in Aust.
21/3/18 Admitted to Hospital [4 AGH]– bunions and rheumatism ‘Rheumatic pain in legs’
4/4/18 discharged Premature senility and bunions.
Details from his Medical Discharge are as follows:
Medical Report on an Invalid 27/11/17
“Looks older than 44. Has had bunions for as long as he can remember. Is quite useless in the
unit and is continually on sick parade.”
Present Condition “Has some degree of flat foot. Bunions on both feet. Heart and lungs clear.
Pulse ? ? Senile change impending. Note: "Senile" is used here to indicate age not mental
capability. In other words, George is approaching old age, surprising considering he was not yet
45, however we must remember that times were tougher then and George had probably had a
Opinion of Medical Board [27/11/17]
Permanently unfit for General service.
Fit for Home Service in Australia
This was amended on 21/12/17 to Permanently unfit for all service. George’s claim for a war
Pension was rejected. We must wonder at how George was able to enlist a second time
considering he already had a medical discharge.
Between 1914 and 1919 George and Sarah are living in Belmont Street Loftus Park,
In 1919, Sarah and George are shown as 'Linaville', Glover Street, Leichardt according to
Ernest's legitimisation certificate. The 1920 Sands directory shows George living in Glover
Street, Leichardt and Belmont Street, Maerrylands. 1921&22 show Glover Street. In 1923 they
are once again recorded as living at Belmont Street. Other possible addresses from the 1904
PO Directory for George Hickson are: 77 Riley Street, Sydney. From 1930 until 1936 the
Electoral Roll shows George and Sarah were residing with their unmarried children at 1
Cromwell Street, Croydon.
George Thomas Hickson died on 9th August 1936 at the Lewisham Hospital, Petersham. Cause
of death was cachexia and gastric carcinoma. Cachexia is a cancer related wasting disease
where the body loses weight fat and muscles because it is unable to absorb nutrients. George's
occupation was given as 'wharf labourer' late of 1 Cromwell Street, Croydon. The informant was
son Alfred who also gave the Cromwell Street address. George was buried in the Rookwood
Cemetery, Church of England section 14 grave 1858 on 10th August 1936. The minister was R.
O Todd, the undertaker was George Andrews.
The following appeared in the SMH dated 12th August 1836:
Mrs G T HICKSON and FAMILY wish to THANK doctors and sisters Lewisham Hospital for their
kindness to my husband in his late illness also letters floral tributes from relatives and friends in
their sad bereavement.
Sarah died in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown NSW of a Cerebral Tumour on 26th
July 1937. The informant was brother John Tune [of Briggs Street Camperdown] At the time of
her death she owned property at 1 Cromwell Street, Croydon. She is buried in the Church of
England cemetery, Rookwood on 28th July, 1837 with husband George. The minister was R O
Todd, the undertaker was George Andrews. Witnesses were sons Alfred and Albert.