George Hickmott Clarrisa Hickmott
George Hickmott and Clarrisa Rose were married in The Parish Church in Brenchley in the County of Kent on 13 July 1867.
Shortly after their marriage they moved to London and it was here that their first child, Thomas, was born at 30 Warner Street, St. George the Martyr, Southwark, London, on the 3 July 1868. At this time George was a Police Constable, which he stayed as until around 1873. George the second child, was born at 14 St. Stephen’s Square, Southwark, on the 12 September 1870.
In 1873 John Charles (Jack) was born. George by this time was working in hop ware house having left the Police Force.
On the 4 March 1875 George and Clarrisa with their three sons left Gravesend and sailed on the Hannibal for New Zealand.
This description of the Journey is as reported in ‘The Colonist’, June 10 1875.
fine iron ship Hannibal, 1191 tons, classed at Lloyd's AA with star,
Capt Brown, arrived on June 9 from London, after a very successful
voyage of 92 days from port to port, and 81 days from land to land. On
Tuesday, June 8, she was sighted from the Pilot station, and on the
following morning the Charles Edward, with the Health Officer (Dr
Squires), the Immigration Officer (Mr. Elliott), the Provincial
Secretary (Mr. O'Conor), and the representative of this journal on
board, proceeded down the Bay, and towed her to the anchorage. Captain
Brown reports leaving Gravesend on the 9th March, and was towed to the
Downs; passed through the Downs on the 13th, and discharged her pilot
off the Lizard on the 16th. This was the last land sighted, and in
nineteen days from that date she crossed the Equator in 29 degs. W.
longitude. She experienced good NE trades, but instead of falling in
with the SE trades had but light variable winds, which lasted to the
meridian of the Cape, which she passed on the 49th day after leaving the
Lizard, in the latitude 39 degs S. She ran her easting between the
degrees of 40 and 48, with strong winds; rounded Tasmania on the 30th
May, and made Cape Farewell on the 5th June, but adverse winds prevented
her making the anchorage till the above day.
Northern South Island, New Zealand
After arrival in Nelson, they moved to Motueka, to establish themselves in a small cottage close to the centre of the township. It was from here that George found his first employment and where their fourth child William, was born in the Spring of 1875.
The two eldest boys commenced school in Motueka before they moved to Riwaka, a few miles north of Motueka. Here the family lived for the next 18 years. During this time George used his skills in the field of hop drying for the pioneering hop growing families of the area. In the off season he worked in bush clearing and general labouring. It was also here that the rest of the children were born. Alice, the first daughter, was born in 1878, followed by Louisa in 1880, Horace 1882, Clara 1884, Elsie 1886 and Charles in 1888.
George & Clarrisa Hickmott & their 10 children, Riwaka 1892
As the eldest four boys grew up they were able to join their father in fulfilling their dream in New Zealand by acquiring a farm property of their own. This required them to move once more to an area in Collingwood covered in the main by virgin bush.
The first step in this endeavour was the building of the home. All available hands were required to man the saws, fell and cut the timber, pit sawing and the building of the homestead. Although this home is no longer standing it provided some of the materials for the building of the second homestead. Some of the materials for the homestead such as bricks and roofing iron had to be transported on the men’s backs across the Kaituna River before being loaded on packhorses to the building site.
At the same time clearing of the bush to develop the 108 acre farm continued over the intervening years.
To help supplement the family income during this time, the boys engaged in contracting their services to the Collingwood and Takaka County Councils. Their teams gravelled roads, developed culverts, built and repaired bridges and cleaned ditches.
The hard work in pioneering was not without its toll. Clarrisa who had been suffering from ill health for period of time died the night of returning from the Nelson Hospital to her son Tom’s home in Takaka. This was the 25 June 1907, she was 59. At that time, the youngest, Charles was only 18. On her death certificate it stated death was caused by “Morbis Cordis Coma” with illness duration of 6 years as testified by Dr. Noble R. Adams who last attended her on that day. In the Golden Bay Argus two days later it was reported that the cause of death was pleurisy and the illness was of short duration. It appears that the pains in her chest she had been suffering for years was thought to be pleurisy by the family, but the death certificate indicates that she had been suffering from heart problems for some years.
George lived on until 1926. In the latter years he lived alone in a three room cottage he had built at the side of the road of the farm, which by this time, he had sold to Jack. He had keen interests in music, fishing and sporting activities and true to family heritage, enjoyed his regular pint of ale. This then was the end of George and Clarrisa dream of a new life in New Zealand.
On Christmas Day 1936 all the children of George and Clarrisa and their descendants, a total of eighty four, held a reunion at Jack Hickmott’s residence in Kaituna. It was the first time for forty three years that they had all been together. Over the intervening years the descendants have come together on many occasions to reminisce and meet old and new members of the family.
The 10 children of George & Clarrisa, Kaituna, Christmas 1936
Sybil, eldest daughter of Elsie (my mother) is front third from left. Myrtle is middle row fourth from left.
Elsie Hickmott and descendants
Elsie & Ashton Browne – my grandparents
Photo taken April 1955 at my sister Shirley’s Wedding
Elsie Hickmott was my grandmother. She was the youngest daughter and ninth child of George and Clarrisa. Born in Riwaka in 1886 she, like all the Hickmott children, attended the Riwaka School in her younger years. At the age of 20 she married Ashton (Ash) Grennel Browne, the son a well know Nelson Photographer and sheep station owner. After marriage they went to live and work on his father’s sheep station at Tasman. Eighteen months later, they returned to the Aorere family farm on the Kaituna River, during the period that Elsie’s father George traveled back to England after the death of Clarissa. On his return, they left Collingwood for the North Island to farm at Apiti, some 20 miles from Fielding. Whilst in Apiti, Ashton purchased a motor vehicle and established the first motor transport from Apiti to Fielding.
They were later to follow farming pursuits in the Northern Wairoa, Wellsford, Papakura and Te Puke before moving north again to Waiuku. After this they moved away from farming and purchased the Tapu Hotel on the Thames Coast where they remained until they returned to Te Puke where their daughters lived. Elsie and Ash had a small house built on Otawa Street, a street across from were Sybil and her family lived.
Elsie died in 1957 and Ash lived until 1977 at the grand old age of 92. He spent the years after Elsie’s death living with his eldest daughter Sybil.
Elsie and Ash had two daughters, Sybil Clarrisa was born in 1908 and Myrtle in 1914. Sybil married Edgar (Eddie) Riley Mitchell in Te Puke in 1931 and Myrtle married Douglas (Doug) Alexander Coleman in Waiuku in 1936.
Sybil and Eddie were in business in Te Puke for 33 years operating photographic and fancy goods shop. Sybil was an outgoing
person who lived life to the fullest. She was active in the church and community and at one time, was President of the Te Puke Outdoor Bowling Club.
In later years she traveled frequently and visited her son (me) in Canada on several occasions. Sybil died in 1989 and Eddie in 1966. Sybil and Eddie had two children, Shirley Myrtle born in 1932 and Murray Ashton born in 1942.
My parents - Sybil Mitchell (nee Browne) & Edgar (Eddie) Riley Mitchell
Shirley married Thomas (Tom) Slater in 1955. They dairy farmed up Rangiuru Rd, Te Puke until Tom had to retire early after a farming accident. They now live in Te Puke. Shirley and Tom had four children, Linley, Gary, Heather and Julie.
Linley Slater and Julie live in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Heather married Tony Brown in 1983 and they dairy farm in the South Island. Heather and Tony have three children – Robert (Robbie) born in Te Puke 1986, Stuart 1987 and Sara 1991.
Murray married Rosemary Graham in Calgary Alberta, Canada. Murray worked an number of years as Manager of the Medical Laboratories, Calgary General Hospital until late 1990’s when he formed ‘Labworks’ his own contracting & consulting company until retiring in 2007. Rosemary, a physiotherapist operated her own clinic from 1990 until also retiring in 2007 after working for several years in the hospitals in Calgary. Murray & Rosemary have two sons, Ian Ashton and Neil Robert. Ian is an Environmental Engineer and Neil a Real Estate Agent.
Myrtle and Douglas (Doug) had three daughters, Elsie born in Waiuku in 1937 and June 1940, Loma 1942 were born in Te Puke. Doug & Myrtle operated a town milk supply dairy farm until Doug entered the building trade and operated his own building company. One of his accomplishments was the building of the Te Puke War Memorial Hall and Municipal Chambers.
Myrtle died in 1979 and Doug in 1971.
Elsie married Ken Peterson in 1959. Ken was a shearer for many years before becoming involved in the logging industry for 8 years. He returned to the wool trade as a buyer. Elsie and Ken had two children. Karen was born in 1961 and Andrew in 1964. Karen married John May in 1987 and they have two boys – Michael 1990 and Simon 1994. John and Karen have a Kiwi fruit orchard. Andrew works for moldings factory. Ken and Elsie retired in Te Puke, Elsie Peterson died in 2002. She was an avid gardener and grew many prize dahlias over the years.
June married Keith McKay in 1962. They settled in Te Puke where their children Sandra and Bevan were born. In 1971 they moved to Howick near Auckland, then in 1987, to Gold Coast in Australia. June and Keith separated in 1995 and June returned to Auckland two years later. She died in 1999 and is remembered as a kind and caring women. Sandra McKay married Mark Herman in 1987 and has two children Aimee and Michael. Bevan Mackay married Angela Hall in 1996 and they live in Australia where Bevan works in a bank and Angela a high school teacher. They have two children Jack and Charlotte.
Loma married Rodney (Rod) Lockie in 1963 and spent the next seventeen years overseas, first in the UK, then Liberia, Kenya and finally Ghana, returning to New Zealand in 1980. Their children Sean and Tasha were born in Kenya. Rod died in 1989 and Loma lives in Auckland where she runs her own business. Both Sean, who married Sara De Marco in Felstre Italy, in 2004, and Tasha currently reside in England.
See Family Genealogy Pages above for Elsie Hickmott's siblings.
The Dynamic Family Tree is comprehensive and includes all known currently linked Hickmott's, related however distantly.
In addition it lists all my known genealogy roots.