Thursday, 14 March 2013


Over the last few weeks since my last Blog, Expectations, I have found more information about my Nickisson Family Tree, especially since updating my subscription to

So what is included in the Blog today?

Remember in my previous Blogs, I have talked about the first Nickissons from my Family Tree to live in Australia. I have found some answers to some of the questions raised and also, who lived at Torrington Square, Bloomsbury, London, the site of a 'bloody dual'? Update later in the Blog.

I have also mentioned previously about my plans for my Australian garden, so what is happening now?

But firstly, I have received a complaint about my last Blog!!!!!!!!!!!!

What, you say!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, I have had a complaint about my Blog


But firstly, no apology for this;
*George Howard, the man famous for writing the Hokey Polky died last week. They had a horrible time at the funeral parlour, first they put his left leg in.............

So why am I apologising?

I had a complaint about not including 'Post Boxes' in the last Blog.

Sorry, I did forget.

Remember the story about the post boxes (Christmas already!!!!!!!)? Well let me make up for not including them in my last Blog. Here's some examples below.

*What will Postman Pat be called when he retires?............. Pat

*What do you call a fly with no wings?.............. A walk

So, What updates are there for the first Australian immigrants in my Nickisson Family Tree?

I have updates from my last Blog for Alfred Parkes Nickisson and his family. I have also found the answer to; Who is Carl (or Charles) Casper Franklin? (Blog Doesn't time fly).

Alfred Parkes Nickisson (1840-?):
Although I have not found any answers to what happened to Alfred and his family after 1882, I have now found out who is wife really is.

Hannah Francis Hancox (c1840-?):
With the many combination of names from the marriage and children's birth documents, it was difficult to determine who she really was.
I have now found the answer. Harriett Francis Hancox was born in 1854 in Dudley, Staffordshire. In 1861 she was living in Whetley, Lickey in Bromsgrove, moving to Wildmoor, Catshill, Bromsgrove sometime before 1871.

So what happened to the family after 1882 in Australia, I still don't know..... yet?
Does anyone out there know any more?

*What's the difference between a buffalo and a bison?......... You can't wash your hands in a buffalo.

Carl Casper Franklin (c1847-?):
Carl, or Charles, as some documents suggest, married Elizabeth Nickisson (1847-1891) in Birmingham (1871) and then they emigrated to Australia in 1873. Was he born in England or Australia? Carl or Charles?
Finally, the answer. Charles Casper Franklin was born in 1849 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He travelled to England sometime in the 1860s (still need to find that information) before returning to Australia with his wife and first child. He died in 1927 in Granville, New South Wales, Australia.

*What game do you play with a wombat?................... Wom.

31 Torrington Square, Bloomsbury, London, was the home of Alice Jane Nickisson (1867-?). Alice was born in Birmingham and she married James Howard Small (1860-1915) in 1906, After her husband died Alice married Thomas Miles (c1865?) in 1919 and the marriage certificate showed the residence at time of marriage was, Torrington Square.

I was curious about the name, Torrington Square, so I 'Googled' it and it's a tourist attraction in London because of the story of a Bloody Dual between two brothers. The area of land that existed here before the Square was built upon it was named, The Field of Forty Footsteps after a legendary dual that took place here.

Two brothers fought and killed each other over the love of a girl, who watched passively from the bank of a pond nearby. Their lengthy exertions back and forth over soft ground was visible for many years to come, probably due to a dry spell! Legend has it that each step they took during battle killed the grass, and it never grew back.

The only building here at the time was Montague House (now part of the British Museum). This area was then known as Long Fields and then Southampton Square.

Torrington Square
Torrington Square was originally laid out as part of the Bedford Estate developed in 1821-25, named after the father-in-law of the 6th Duke of Bedford. The buildings in the Square are now mainly part of the University of London. The building pictured to the right is still the same one that Alice Jane Nickisson lived in.

If you know more about Alice Jane Nickisson (when did she die?) or Thomas Miles, her second marriage (when was he born, when did he die?), let me know.

The continuing story of Alfred Parkes Nickisson, Charles Casper Franklin and their families, can be seen in the Nickisson Family Tree Links to the left of this Blog.

*What do you call a deer with no eyes and no legs? ............... Still no ideer.

Another Post Box

*What's brown and sits on a piano bench?    Beethoven's Last Movement

What is happening with the plans for my Australian vegetable patch?

Not a lot really.

I have moved some bricks, pavers etc. from around the garden and everything is ready to start. We are now into Autumn and the temperatures have dropped to around 28Deg's, ideal time for planting. I need to get the area ready so hopefully, more news in my next Blog.

*What did the English policeman say when he came home and found his wife in bed with three men? 'Ello'   'Ello'   'Ello'

Another Post Box

And finally:
On a beautiful summer's day, two English tourists were driving through Wales. At the town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogoch they stopped for lunch, and one of the tourists asked the very very blonde waitress,

"before we order, I wonder if you could settle an argument for us....
Can you pronounce where we are now, very, very, very slowly?"

The girl leaned over and said slowly,

"Burr.......... Gurr.......... King"

Speak to you soon.