The Early Years
I was born in 1937 to Ernest Henry Hickson and Jane [Jean] nee Thomas. I had one older adopted brother Geoffrey Wallace Hickson, who was 18 years old.  I was Christened in St Thomas' Church at Petersham.  My Godparents were Thomas Patrick Quinn and his wife Aimee Quinn.
Left: My Christening.
Below: My Parents; Godparents, the Quinns, and my Grandmother, Margaret Alice Thomas [nee Houlihan]
Growing up I lived in Petersham, a suburb of Sydney, NSW.

I attended the Sisters of Charity Primary School at Lewisham when I was 6 years old, from Kindergarten to Grade Three. I then attended St Thomas' Christian Brother's primary school for Grades 4 to 6. 
Left: My Mum & Dad With "Bunny" & another cat
,plus me on seat c1943 at Petersham.
Right: Mum with me at a very early age!
I was confirmed at St Thomas' Lewisham in 1944

I attended High School at St Patrick's Christian Brothers at Lewisham.
I left school at the end of 4th year & commenced work at Gollin & Co. Ltd in Clarence St Sydney.   See
Right: This is a picture of me with my Godfather Thomas Patrick Quinn who was Mayor of Petersham for a number of terms.Mum is on Grandfathers left. Unfortunately I do not know the names of the other couple. The photo was taken at a Moyrol Ball at Petersham Town Hall c 1946/7
Left: One of my early interests was Square Dancing.
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