Possible "Stickneys" in Australia

Started by Sally Thomas on Wednesday, February 15, 2012


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2/15/2012 at 7:32 AM

While I was in the Boston, England, in Lincolnshire, library some years back, I looked in the phone directories for England for any current Stickneys. I found none at all. My line of Stickneys came over to the US from Lincolnshire. I talked to the librarian, and she told me that there might be some Stickneys in Australia. Recently, I have looked on geni to see if there were any listed currently in geni as being from Australia. There were none. While this search is not vital for my personal records, it is a matter of curiosity. Do any of you folks in Australia recognize the name of Stickney or have ever heard of of that name anywhere in Australia?

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2/16/2012 at 8:47 PM

There are several Stickneys in Australia.

The Australian phone book is available at www.whitepages.com.au.

Every newspaper published in Australia between 1788 and 1952 is available online and is fully searchable - try the following http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/result?l-australian=y&q=stick...

Similarly, births deaths and marriages are available online. For New South Wales try

Stickney is also the name of a town in Lincolnshire, which can confuse searching.

Hope this helps!

Private User
2/16/2012 at 9:08 PM

In a mining town, not far from Ballarat,
a family named its.sons One Stickney, Two
Stickney, Three Stickney; and the daughters
were named First Stickney, Second Stickney,
Third Stickney. The three elder children of
another family were named Joseph, And,
Ailother; and it tas proposed to call the
rest, if any appeared, Also, Moreover, Never
theless,and Notwithstanding. Another house
hold actually named their child Finis, sup
posing it was the last ; but three more were
born, who were called Addenda, Appendix,
and Supplement. If any more appear, they
will be called E(ad)ditions First, Second,
and Third.

The above article appeared in the Gippsland Times, Friday 23 May 1884


2/17/2012 at 7:00 PM

Ken... Your last post to me, I am sorry but I just have to laugh a bit at that! The first post... I have been to Stickney in Lincolnshire. I checked graves at churches nearby, There is virtually nothing in Stickney except a few houses. I found no head stones with the name Stickney, nor did I find any graves in Frampton, right outside Boston in Lincolnshire. The church in Frampton is the church where some of the early Stickneys were baptised, No head stones there either. I was completely astounded how a whole family or line of Stickneys just disappeard out of England. Well, I am glad to know that they are in Australia. I was just really curious as to what happened to them.
Thank you so much for your list of resources.

Private User
2/17/2012 at 7:50 PM

Sally. The sudden disappearance of a family line, or an entire village is not uncommon, as proven with my own family tree.

The American Civil War shut off the supply of cotton, and many of the mills in this area of the U.K. closed, with families facing starvation. As entire villages were dependent on the mills, some depopulated entirely.

Similarly, the American War of Independence meant that convicts could no longer be sent to America - usually as indentured servants. Another place had to be found.

The European potato famine (felt most intensely in Ireland) also depopulated entire villages. The blight was apparently caused by potatoes brought from the U.S.

All three of the above caused waves of migration in my family. The effect of the U.S. in each is interesting.

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