Margaret "Maggie" Hacking

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Margaret Ellen Riding (Hacking)

Also Known As: "Maggie"
Birthplace: Lancaster, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Death: November 25, 1962 (73)
Torrensville, South Australia, Australia
Place of Burial: Pasadena, South Australia, Australia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Hacking and Margaret Hacking
Wife of John William Riding
Mother of Alice Riding; Ellen (Helen) Riding; Ethel Riding; Phyllis Riding and William Edward Riding
Sister of John Henry Hacking and Leonard Hacking
Half sister of James W Hacking and Joseph Knowles

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About Margaret "Maggie" Hacking

Margaret Ellen Hacking


  • Name:Margaret Ellen Hacking
  • Birth Date: 30 Jan 1889
  • Baptism Date: 17 Mar 1889
  • Parish: Lancaster, St Mary, Lancashire, England
  • Father: John Hacking occupation: Night Watchman
  • Mother: Margaret Hacking
  • Register Type: Parish Registers
  • Reference Number: Pr 3262/1/16

1891 Census Match (possible)

  • Gender: Female
  • Birth: Circa 1889 Lancaster, Lancaster
  • Residence: 1891 1 Bk Marton St, Lancaster, Lancashire, England
  • Age: 2
  • Marital status: Single
  • Father: John Hacking
  • Mother: Margaret Hacking
  • Siblings: James W Hacking, Joseph Knowles, Leonard Hacking, John H Hacking


  • Head John Hacking 48
  • Wife Margaret Hacking 44
  • Son James W Hacking 28
  • Step-son Joseph Knowles 16
  • Son Leonard Hacking 9
  • Son John H Hacking 5
  • Granddaughter Nona Hacking 5
  • Daughter Margaret E Hacking 2

My mother said, she was always called "Maggie".

In 1907 Maggie lived at no 4 Hacking street, Darwen, Lancashire. I have a post card sent by Jack to her at this address. See information on the town on Wikipedia My grandmother (Alice Evans) gave me this card.

The card reads on front: 1906 With fondest Love, from Jack to Maggie

The card reads on back: no. 4 hacking St, Darwen, Dear Maggie will see you on Saturday at 7 o'clock, everyours, Jack.


Maggies father died when she was ten years old and she had to work half the day in the cotton mill, and attend school in the afternoons. By twelve years of age, she was working full time at the mill. She then went to a "Hiring Fair" and got a job as a "skivvy" in a doctor's surgery, mainly cleaning and scrubbing. Her next job was at an asylum, minding not quite so normal children of wealthy families.

Maggie knew Jack in Scotforth, Lancaster before he left for Australia in 1906. Jack wrote to her asking her to join him and be married, but she wrote back to the effect, that if he wanted to marry her, he should come and get her.

Jack came for her in 1909, and they were married and sailed back to Australia. On the voyage of 13 weeks, Maggie became quite ill, and lost their first child. They were Quaker and spoke with a "the and thow" mannerism. Below a post card to Lilly, Jacks sister at Christmas, the baby is my Alice Evans.


They settled in Murray Bridge and raised 5 children.


I am sure, if he sang, Jack would have sung her this song: Maggie

Found this: Roots Chat possibly unrelated Is this them 1871 - 20 WaterY Lane, Sough? Bridge, Over Darwen

  • Margaret Hacking 17 Over Darwen, Lancashire, England Servant & Visitor
  • Sarah Shoesmith 10 Leeds, Yorkshire, England Servant & Niece
  • Claude Whitehead 2 Over Darwen, Lancashire, England Son
  • Ernest Whitehead 4 Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England Son
  • Julius Whitehead 33 Leeds, Yorkshire, England Head
  • Laura Whitehead 6 Leeds, Yorkshire, England Daughter
  • Martha C Whitehead 33 Bingley, Yorkshire, England Wife
  • Vernon Whitehead 7 months Over Darwen, Lancashire, England Son
  • Vincent Whitehead 7 months Over Darwen, Lancashire, England Son

Julius is a Manager Sanitary Tube Works

  • RG10/4187
  • Folio: 94
  • Page: 17

Possibly relevant later, but for now, just looking at who lived at #4 as they would have possibly been the children that Maggie was looking after, or the institution address. She possibly exaggerated the wealth and children's mental state for lack of understanding of more privileged lives perhaps. LOL

The Mayor of Darwen's Family. 6 Hacking Street "Dun Horse" - 1871 Census owned by a relative in 1861

Margaret Whittaker came from a wealthy family and so we may surmise that John himself was of the same class. Margaret was the daughter of Lawrence Whiteaker (1738-1799) and Mary Hacking, both of Lower Darwen who married at Blackburn in 1758. Lawrence and Mary had a large family and it seems likely that one of their children, Robert (Bd. 1765) was the ancestor of another Margaret Whittaker found elsewhere in our family history as the wife of James Tomlinson. From: Fische Tomlinson Whittaker Family

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Margaret "Maggie" Hacking's Timeline

January 30, 1889
Lancaster, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
March 17, 1889
Skelmersdale, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
August 31, 1911
Nairne, South Australia, Australia
September 28, 1912
February 5, 1914
December 30, 1915
June 19, 1920
November 25, 1962
Age 73
Torrensville, South Australia, Australia
Pasadena, South Australia, Australia