My Grandmother  - Jane Alice (Jean) Thomas
Jane Alice "Jean" Thomas was born 5th February
1900 at Womens Hospital Albion Street, Sydney,
NSW, daughter of
Henry Thomas and Margaret
Alice
Houlihan. Henry is recorded as being a genral
labourer aged 22, Margaret Alice is recorded as Alice
Horrigan [one of the many spelling veariations of her
maiden name] aged 21. Present at the birth were Dr
Foster and Miss Fitz Gibbons [sic] Informant was
Alice Thomas of Osmond House, Oberon Street,
Randwick. [Transciption held]

Jean was probably named after her two
grandmothers, Jane Thomas [nee Finemore] and
Alice Houlihan [nee Dowling]  


Her parents separated shortly after the birth of her
brother Alexander in 1902. Oral history states they
parted after a dispute involving the Baptism of Alec
although this is not confirmed. The marriage was
formerly dissolved on 29th November 1906. Margaret
married
Frederick Hanson 1906. The family later
moved to Warwick Farm Race Course where
Frederick was the caretaker. My grandmother
recounted many tale of her girlhood at Warwick
Farm to me when I was a child. By 1918 the family
was living at McArthur Street, Guildford. Jean left
school when she was 14 and worked as a florist
before she married.

Marriage: On 22nd November, 1919 Jean [as Jennie
Alice] married
Ernest Henry Hickson at All Souls
Church of England Church in Leichardt, NSW. Jean
was a 19 year old waitress and Ernest was a 26 year
old labourer. Witnesses were Sarah Jane Hickson
[Ernest's mother] and Alfred Thomas Hickson
[Ernest's brother]. Alice Margaret Hanson gave her
consent as Jean was under 21.

In
February 1923 Jean travelled to New Zealand
aboard the
S.S. Ulimaroa to visit her natural father,
Henry Thomas and his new family who were living
in Queens Street, Hastings.
She was accompanied
on the voyage by Mrs Ann Ansell Hodson, a relative
of her stepmother Marion Hodson.
During her stay
she adopted a young child,
Geoffrey Wallace
Turner
, who, according to oral tradition, she met at
an adoption home.
She returned home aboard the
Maramoa on 23rd April 1923.


In 1937 Jean and Ernest finally had a much awaited
second son,
Barry Ernest Patrick, born 24th, July
1937.

Jean passed away peacefully in her sleep on 30th
April, 1993 at the  Nursing Home at Guildford
NSW.   Her ashes are interred at Moruya. There is a
memorial plaque on husband Ernest's grave at
Macquarie Park cemetery.
Above: Jean aged about 45



Below: Jean and Ernest with their four
grandchildren 1963
Below: Jean with two of her great grand children in 1993

Below Right: Ernest Henry Hickson's grave with memorial plaque to wife Jane Alice 'Jean'
Last Update 9th April 2012
Left: Jean and Ernest at their Golden
wedding anniversary, 1969

Below Left: Jean with her sister Claire
Humphreys in 1986.