Thursday, 2 August 2012

Australian roots continued.

Sorry for being so long in producing my next Blog, time seems to be flying as life moves on in Australia.

So to update you:

1.  Australian roots: The first Nickisson's to arrive in Australia from my Family Tree?
More news in a moment.

2.  Australian roots: How are we doing after 5 months?
As I mentioned above, life is moving on very quickly, more news further in the Blog.

3.  Australian roots: What vegetable growing is going on?
Plenty of growing in the allotment in England, more about that later.

So to continue with the story;

1.  Australian roots: The first Nickisson's to arrive in Australia from my Family Tree?

As I mentioned in my last Blog, my Great Great Grandfather, Henry Nickisson (1809-1846), had a brother, William Nickisson, who married Mary Ann Parkes in 1842 and they lived in Birmingham, having six children, until William died in 1866.

After William died, one of his daughters, Elizabeth Nickisson, now married to Carl Casper Franklin, emigrated to Queensland, Australia in 1873. Mary Ann Nickisson (nee parkes), now a widow, also decided to move to Australia in 1875 along with her sons Alfred Parkes, Frederick and her daughter Louisa.

Tragedy struck not long after arriving in Queensland, Australia, when daughter Louisa Nickisson just twelve years old (1863-1875), died within a few months of being there.

Mary Anne Nickisson (nee Parkes):
Little more is known about the life of Mary Ann in Australia as in 1879 she returned to England along with her son Frederick Nickisson.
They left Victoria, New South Wales, Australia in the April of 1879 on the ship 'Durham" and arrived in London a few months later. Mary Ann returned to Birmingham and lived near to her daughter, Ellen Nickisson (1845-1921), now married to Edwin Willis (1842-?). She was  living with them by 1891, but by 1901 she had moved in with her son Frederick Nickisson (1857-1941) where she died in 1904.

Frederick Nickisson:
After Frederick returned to England, he also moved back to Birmingham and in 1883 he had a relationship with a Elizabeth Corbett and they had a daughter Louisa Nickisson Corbett (1883-?). I have not found any information on Elizabeth Corbett, but Louisa Nickisson Corbett lived with her father until at least 1901 and then the trail runs dry.
Does anyone out there know any more?
Frederick Nickisson continued to live in Birmingham, working as a 'Brown Saddler' (making leather products) and by 1911 he had moved in with his sister Ellen Willis (nee Nickisson). He died in 1941.

So what has happened to the remaining Nickisson's in Australia?

More about Elizabeth Nickisson and Alfred Parkes Nickisson in my next Blog.

Father/son roots: A  teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father as to when they could discuss the use of his car.
His  father said he'd make a deal with his son, "You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little, and get your hair cut. Then we'll talk about the car." 
The boy  thought about that for a moment, decided he'd settle for the offer, and they agreed on it. 
After  about six weeks his father said, "Son, you've brought your grades up and I've observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I'm disappointed you haven't had your hair cut." 
The boy said, "You know, Dad, I've been thinking about that, and I've noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair, and there's even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair." 
(You're  going to love the Dad's reply!) 
"Did you also notice they all walked everywhere they went?"

2.  Australian roots: How are we doing after 5 months?

Life has moved on very quickly since my last update 2 months ago.

Ryan has now settled into his apprenticeship with a company 'Vitura Furnishings' making bespoke kitchen furniture/units. He has also started college (TAFE they call it) one day a week and he really enjoys what he's doing. He has just got his 'L plates' to start learning to drive, the process of passing your driving test here is so different in comparison to England. Ryan has now had is first driving lesson.
He is playing football (soccer they call it here) for Gosnells City (link: and his team (under 18s) is second in the league at the moment.

Kye has just had a two week term break from Thornlie Senior High School and is now back at school. His first report and teachers open evening gave us a better idea on how well he really is doing. He has also made many friends but he doesn't seem to see them outside school?????

Sue is really enjoying her job at 'Unitingcare West' (link: ) and has completed her training now. She is really getting into the job and has moved to her office in Rockingham, taking her company car and company mobile phone with her!!!!!!!!!!

And then there is Me!!! I've given up applying for jobs although if something came along I would consider it. I have collected my tools from the storage facility and I have started working for myself and work is gradually coming in from family and friends contacts. I have registered as a business, Handyman/Painter/Gardener/General DIY, which makes it easier to get the type of work I want.

So how are things going as far as getting our own home? Well, we believe its getting closer. We have been to a broker about finance and she has submitted applications to a number of banks and there seems to be no problems. We then need to wait until Sue has completed her 3 months probation (6 weeks to go) in her job then the finance applications can go in after the 14th of September. The process of buying a house here is very different from England, it's certainly a lot quicker.
So what does that mean for us? We have found a house, put in a offer that has been accepted by the Sellers, paid the deposit and it is ours (subject to finance being sorted in September).

More news about the house in the next Blog.

Family Roots: A young boy says to his dad "Dad, how much does getting married cost?" "No idea son: I haven't finished paying for it yet".

Billy was having trouble with his mathematics homework so his mum thought how best to help him.
She said to him " If you went into the left pocket of your trousers and took out 40 pence then took another 35 pence out of your right trouser pocket, what do you think you would have". 
Billy replied " Someone elses trousers on. 

3.  Australian roots: What vegetable growing is going on?

Although the weather has been very mixed in England the allotment is doing really well, everything is growing and fruit and vegetables are now being picked. Joanne, Neil, Joseph and Izac (and helpers) have put a lot of work in the allotment and here are some of the results.
Onions, Late Potatoes.
Early Potatoes, Purple Broccoli and Cabbage.
In the small beds are French Beans, Peas and Cabbage (under the netting)
The Strawberry beds have been made bigger this year and there are plenty to be picked.
Other fruit and vegetables include,
Red Onions, Lettuce, Radishes, Swede, Beetroot, Courgettes, Rhubarb and Turnips.
In the greenhouse and 'conservatory' the Grape Vine has survived the winter.
Also, the Tomatoes are growing well,
and other plants include, Peppers, Chilli plants and Cucumber.

Whilst in the Australian allotment!!!!!!

Nothing has changed, yet.

It's good to see that the allotment is doing really well, I cannot wait to see if I have the same opportunity to do/grow something similar, when we have our own home here in Australia.

And Finally:

The larger Family Roots: One day, God was looking down at earth, and saw all the misbehaving that was going on. So he called one of his angels to go to Earth.
When he returned, the angel told God, 'Yes, it is bad on Earth; 95% are misbehaving, and only 5% are not'.
God thought for a moment and said, 'Maybe I should send down another angel, to get a second opinion'! So, God called another angel, & sent him to Earth too.
When the angel returned, he went to God & said, 'Yes, it’s true. The Earth is in decline; 95% are misbehaving, but 5% are being good.'

God was not pleased. So he decided to e-mail, the 5% who were good, because, he wanted to encourage them, give them a little something, to help them keep going !

Do you  know what the e-mail said?

No  ?

Okay, just checking with you.    I d idn't get one either ... 

Speak to you soon


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