2015.08.22 Newcastle to Armidale

A beautiful morning at Belmont – just a shame about my croaky voice

No plans to look around the Hunter Region where David’s  Pead, and my Waters, McDonald, Robinson, Barden, Tulloch, McCosker, Weatherstone, Avard, Callcott, Harmer, Broadhead, Hicks and McEwen ancestors and relatives had lived back in the 19th Century – some were even there in the late 1830’s. That’s quite a few family branches in the Hunter but then the area was opened up to European settlement much earlier than the Illawarra. We still have family in the area.

Then a cracked windscreen heading out of Maitland.


Stopped at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial while sorting out the windscreen repair at Muswellbrook  –   that crack strated slowly and kept growing until we could fix it in Toowoomba 3 days later.

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Now there’s no time on this trip to stop at WillowTree and nor to check out our First and Second Fleeters at the Wallabadah First Fleet / Second Fleet Park.

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Off to Tamworth and then onto cold, cold Armidale up on the New England for the night. Nice old buildings in Armidale, and Dad’s cousin Doug Adams had a pub there, Tattersall’s but we’ll visit that on another trip.


Day 58 – 61 – Inverell to Mudgee to Home

A drive from Inverell to Mudgee

First a look at Bingara when some of my family lived.

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Then onto Barraba – dodging a “few cows” – and more family lived there too.

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Then Manilla – more in the extended family network up this way – and the olives were nice too.

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4. Onto Gunnedah – Hicks family were there and not all on the coast it seems.

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A few days of fossicking and wine tasting in and around Mudgee

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The last morning of the trip and pack up of the camper trailer at Mudgeee

Past Lake Windemere

A quick stop at Lithgow and then lunch at Leura in the Blue Mountains where Spring is breaking out.

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Finally after two months, looking down from Bulli Tops over the NSW South Coast.

Back home, we made it 13,000 kilometres to the tip and back – and around some of the Gulf.

Now the great unpacking and clean-up. And a few fixes for the Green Machine !


Day 5 Murwillumbah to Eumundi

Tweed Heads Ross Adams born here,

5. Charles Joseph Hicks (son of George Hicks),

Southport Brenda

Surfers Paradise5. Charles Joseph Hicks (son of George Hicks),

Gold Coast to Sunshine Coast

Brisbane 5. Charles  (gt gt grandson of George Hicks), Ray Barry, Mary Adams died here (mother of Ross Adams),
Eumundi 5. Henry Hicks (son of George Hicks), Chris and Paul

Day 4 – Ballina to Murwillumbah

Catching up with relatives and visiting where they lived – Ballina Bangalow Murwillumbah

Bangalow Cemetery Granuaille Crescent is approximately 2km north of the town and close by the Pacific Highway

Deborah Woodford is buried here with her husband William


Also their daughters  Edith Louise  – Minne Clarissa and Jessie Woodford.

Daughter Margaret Elizabeth Woodford

Son Private William Arthur Woodford (d 1916 Armidale Military Camp)

Son Ernest Richard Woodford and his wife Margaret Mary May

Byron Bay Cemetery – Cemetery Road – Edwin Woolley buried – Byron Bay – CEM BY – 118 – also Christina Woolley

North Creek before Tintenbar- Alderman here

North Creek then Tintenbar 1. Margaret & Alfred Cook
Newry Bar 1. Margaret & Alfred Cook
Bangalow 1. Mary Thelma Harris – daughter of Christina WoolleyDeborah and William Woodford buried at Bangalow Cemetery
 Binna Burra 1. Christina & Edward Woolley, 3. Arthur Hicks (son of Richard Hicks),
Rosebank 3. Harry Hicks &  John Campbell Hicks – sons of Richard Hicks
Goonengerry 11. Thomas Hicks had farm here
Byron Bay 1. Christina Woolley & daughter Muriel Lucy McKenzie
5. Elizabeth Arkinstall (daughter of George Hicks),
6. Deborah Woodford, Edith Louisa Woodford
Tyalgum 5. George Thomas Hicks son of George Hicks
Murwillumbah 1. Captain George Hicks (son of HT Hicks), High School & Imperial Hotel built by Arthur Webb husband of Ida;
2. Annie Isabella Bowman daughter of William Hicks
3. Benjamin Hicks (son of Richard Hicks),
4. Annie Broadhead (sister of HT Hicks),
5, George Thomas Hicks (son of George Hicks),
6 Clarissa Minnie Woodford & Ernest Richard Woodford (children of Deborah Woodford),
7. Herbert McEwan -son of Alice McEwan
8.  James Hicks
10. Charles Hicks
12. Margaret Hicks- Minnie M Hicks – Sylvia Hicks (daughters of Hamilton Hicks),

Murwillumbah Museum

A truly ‘old style’ museum with artefacts and images crammed into every available space, including aboriginal artefacts (although most were donated to the new Minjungbal Aboriginal Museum at South Tweed Heads), thunder eggs from Mt.Warning’s caldera, relics of the ‘cedar-getter’ era, farm tools & equipment, militaria, cameras, clothing, bottles, kitchen utensils, photographs, and check out the radio room with its wide range of communications equipment. The museum is run by volunteer curators from the Tweed River Historical Society. Research assistance is available for those investigating local or family history. The Museum is in the former Shire Council Chambers in Queensland Road just off Main Street and the Robey steam engine outside has become a local landmark.

Murwillumbah Museum

Opening Hours

Wednesday, Friday & 4th Sunday of the month 10:00am – 4:00pmOther times by appointmentClosed Public Holidays.


Adult $2.00, Primary school student $1.00, Secondary school student $1.50\r\n


2 Queensland Road, Murwillumbah NSW 2484, Australia


Ph. +61 02 66721865


Day 3 – Yamba to Ballina

A lot of Hicks Family members came up here years ago – Richard Hicks, Annie Broadhead, Deborah Woodford, Mary Jane Collings, George Hicks, Thomas Hicks, Hamilton Hicks – then Margaret Cook, Alice Cook, Christina Woolley

Lismore Richmond Cemetery Murwillumbah

Richmond River Historical Society – Museum – Location -The museum is housed in the old Lismore Municipal Building at 165 Molesworth Street, Lismore

Within the Industry room is an exhibition, based around an original NSW Lancersuniform of the 1890s which belonged toOtto Armbruster, titled As Good As Any Man. It marks the significant role of theLancers in local history and also the contribution of families such as the Armbrusters in the development of the region.

Cemetery Indexes – Hicks Graves

– Richard and Emma Hicks – CEM-WO-179 * and CEM – WO-180 –  Wollongbar – Alphadale Cemetery – Alphadale Road runs south off the Bruxner Highway 12km east of Lismore and 5km west of Wollongbar.

– Thomas Hicks – CEM – LN2-118

Alstonville Cemetery

Address: Alstonville Cemetery Road, – Bruxner Highway Alstonville 2477 NSW

Maggie and Alfred Cook

Alexina and Alick Cook

Richmond-Tweed Family History Society – located in 6 Regatta Place Ballina – open Monday Wednesday Saturday 10-4 except 1st Saturday of Month

Coraki 1. Mary Thelma Harris – daughter of Christina Woolley (daughter of HT Hicks)
Casino 3. Alice Smith (daughter of Richard Hicks);
5. C McDonough (daughter of George Hicks);
Ivy Adams married Ted Richardson; Ma & Pop Tuckerman married,
Nimbin 3. C Smith (daughter of John Campbell Hicks son of Richard Hicks),
The Channon 5. G Arkinstall (daughter of George Hicks),
Lismore 1. Captain George Hicks (son of HT Hicks) – his daughters Winifred Davies & Joyce Weir; Christina Woolley (daughter of HT Hicks) & her daughters – Muriel Lucy McKenzie & Mary Thelma Harris & her children Rae Harris, Neville Harris, Patricia Harris, Thelma Harris, Mary Harris, Douglas Harris;
3. Richard Hicks & his children – John Campbell Hicks-Frances Whereat-Annie Thompson-Ada Rea -Jane Smith – Margae  (Daughters of John Campbell Hicks)
5. George Hicks & his children Albert Frederick Hicks-Albert Hicks – Kate Hicks – Ada Hancock – Margaret Hicks
6. Deborah Woodford (sister of Henry Hicks), her children – Jessie Woodford-Margaret Woodford-George Herbert Woodford-Jessie Matilda Woodford – Ernest Richard Woodford
6. Richmond River near LIsmore – William Arthur Woodford – Clarissa Minnie Woodford children of Deborah Woodford
7. James Hicks McEwan – son of Alice McEwan
9. Mary Jane Collings & her son William T Collings
10. Olive Hicks – Lyle HIcks -Ewan Hicks – children of Charles Hicks
11. Thomas Hicks
12. Hamilton Hicks (brother of HT Hicks), Mabel Hicks-Irene Hicks – Leslie Hicks – Alice Hicks – Thomas Hicks – Doris Hicks (children of Hamilton Hicks),
Richmond Hill – (day out of  Lismore ?) 3. John Campbell Hicks (son Richard Hicks)
Boatharbour – (day out of  Lismore ?) 3. John Campbell Hicks (son Richard Hicks)
Tregeagle 1. Mary Thelma Harris – daughter of Christina Woolley,
Rous Mill 1. Margaret & Alfred Cook
Alstonville 1. Margaret (daughter HT Hicks), Alfred, Alexina, Alexander Cook buried at Cemetery, Biddy Cook lived there,
Ballina 1. North Coast Girls College built by Arthur Webb;  Margaret & Alfred Cook – and their children Marjorie Rummery-Gladys Saunders – Alfred E Cook
3. A Smith (daughter of Richard Hicks),