|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 "MY CAREER"
|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.|