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Page history last edited by Michael Hicks 1 year, 10 months ago






Welcome to my family history website.  You will find information on the original immigrants to Australia of my ancestors, all of which came from the United Kingdom during the Nineteenth Century.  This website represents my personal research which I have undertaken for the past 5 years on the family.  Details are also available on the families in the UK that helps build a picture of the overall background that formed the generations today.


My family has roots from Cornwall, Surrey, Essex, Norfolk, Devon, Hampshire and Sussex in England and Dumphrieshire in Scotland.






You can use the following links to navigate this page





Main Family Groups



Hicks Surname

Drane Surname

Savell Surname

Palmer Surname

Follan/Follen/Follin Surname

Copman/Copping Surname

Worthy Surname

Milgate Surname

Hastings Surname

Howatson/Hewitson Surname



The Immigrants



Immigrants, settlers, pioneers, adventurers - all of these words on their own bring different meanings and contexts in your mind.  The words suitably describe the original arrivals from the United Kingdom to Australia during the nineteenth century.  They chose to better their life in a new land with greater prospects than their current situation.  This probably embodies the majority of the original arrivals.


Some arrived as part of their employment, others to escape a possible problematic situation in the Mother country or simply brought a ticket to travel to the colonies.  Others were effectively removed from their parish as a means to remove the burden of the poor.  All of these scenarios can be seen the in original arrivals within these pages.



Early immigration schemes paid the immigrants way, such as the Bounty Scheme.  Assisted Immigration which followed required the passenger to pay an initial deposit then found work for the immigrant to provide the remainer of the fare, paid off over a period of months.



The voyage was an epic in itself, three months at sea on board a ship with several hundred fellow immigrants.  Not all escaped the sicknesses that all to often claimed the infants on board or in an extreme case, a breakout of the "fever".  Mothers also having to care for children only a few weeks old during this voyage also tells of other courage. 




The following are the original arrivals of my family to Australia, and their stories are told within these pages



Humphrey Hicks - from Cornwall, arrived on board the Herefordshire in May 1857 as a single male assisted immigrant

Martha Pyne - from Cornwall, arrived on the Palmyra in 1859 as a single female immigrant.  Married Humphrey Hicks.

David Samuel and Jessie Drane - from Wandsworth Surrey, arrived on board the Indus in 1874 at Morton Bay

John Savell- from Southwark London, arrived on an unknown ship around 1850/1851.  Married Jane Hastings.

William and Grizzle Hastings with daughter Jane - from Galloway Scotland, arrived in 1837 on board the ill fated William Rogers which left the the Hastings family devastated.

John and Amey Follan - from Norfolk, arrived on board the Harriett in May 1853 as assisted immigrants

Absalom Palmer - from Millom Cumberland, orginally Devon arrived on an unknown ship circa 1883/1884.  He may have been escaping an illegal marriage.  Married Emily Harriett Worthy.

Absalom Palmer - father of Absalom above decided to make the journey aged 72, possibly with son.

Henry John Worthy - from Hampshire, arrived on the Elizabeth A Bright as part of the Royal Artillery in Melbourne in November 1861.

Edward and Mary Milgate with daughter Caroline - from Sussex, arrived on board the Amelia Thompson in July 1838.  The Milgates were payed by the parish to emigrate to assist in removing the burden of the poor.





Those Who Served




 This page commorates those relations that served in the Armed forces.  Many relations served in the Great war that helped forge the Australian nation through the volunteers that "signed up" for Queen and Country.  


Many others served in the Second World War to protect our homeland or fight oversease to defeat the Axis armies that threatened the world on a global scale never seen. All should be considered heros.  Lets also remember those that also served in the British armed forces in the Nineteenth Century in both the Army and Navy which are also amoung our forebears


Some paid the ultimate sacrifice.  




World War 1


George Frederick Savell - Son of James and Louisa Savell.  Joined up in December 1917 as part of the 19th Battalion, 21st Reinforcements.  He later joined the 45th Battalion, then the 35th Battalion.  He was involved in the battle of Amiens in August 1918 and was shot in the chest.  He recovered in England and returned to Australia in September 1919. 

James Augustus Savell - Son of James and Louisa Savell.  Joined up in December 1917.  Medically discharged in March 1918 

Ernest Stanley Savell - Son of James and Louisa Savell.  Joined up in March 1918 and departed in June 1918 as part of the 9th NSW reinforcements.  He joined the 54th Battalion and later the 56th Battalion in August 1918.

Arthur Frederick Savell - Son of Thomas and Letitia Savell.  Joined up in February 1916 and was taken on strength as part of the 11th Battalion, B Company.  He was wounded in action in May 1917.  He was later promoted to Lance Corporal.

Herbert Stanley Savell - Son of Thomas and Letitia Savell.  Joined up in February 1915.  Served in the 1st Light Horse.

George Savell - Son of Thomas and Letitia Savell.  Joined up at the age of 22 in January 1916 as part if the 23rd Howitzer Battery Ammunition Column.

William Savell - Son of John and Jane Savell.  Joined up at the age of 44 in July 1915 as part of the 11th Infantry Battalion, 11th Reinforcements.  He joined the 51st Battalion in March 1916 and then the 24th Howitzer Brigade.  William returned back to Australia in June 1918, only to embark again in October as part of the WA reinforcements.



British Army


Henry John Worthy - Was a Gunner in the 1st Battery, 15th Brigade Royal Artillery, which was known as "The Gunners".  He arrived in Melbourne as part of the British defences in 1871 then was moved to Sydney where he was stationed at Dawes Point.  He later served in the formation of the NSW  Permenant Artillery which occured in 1870 on the departure of the British Army.





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