The children of Thomas and Mary Carrick
Born 21 October 1864 (1) in Chippendale, Sydney. Very little information has been gathered about William
but what has been recorded is interesting. He was baptised on 11 December 1864 in the Wesleyan Church
of the South Sydney circuit (1).
His father Thomas was recorded as a labourer.
On 9 June 1888 William joined the West Camden Light Horse squadron of the Royal NSW Lancers, and was
recorded as being 5'10" high, aged 22 years, and a farmer of Robertson. He was "struck off" on 30 September
1888. I believe this is not as serious as it sounds but simply records his discontinuation with the organisation (2)
William was not married and he died on 8 August 1918 (3) in the Berrima District Hospital, Bowral and the
cause of death was "Morbis Cordis" (heart disease) and Angina pectoris (angina). He had suffered this
problem for two years.
The most intriguing information was in his obituary in the "Southern Mail" , issued on 13 Aug 1918 (4). This
item states that William was on a visit from New Zealand to his mother when he died. He was buried in the
Church of England cemetery Bowral on 10 August 1918. He was 53 years old.
It seems William had travelled to New Zealand looking for work, perhaps much earlier than 1918 as there was
probably insufficient income for him on the family farm run by his three brothers, Henry, Hugh and James. In
the obituary it is noticeable that the "chief mourners were Messrs. H.T., Hugh and James Carrick" and there is
no mention of William's youngest brother John. I believe that the eldest and youngest brothers went to New
Zealand together and that would explain why John was not at the funeral - John's first child had been born in
Taranaki, NZ three years before William's death.
The photograph at right is believed to be that of William Carrick as it was taken in Gisborne, New Zealand and was among many other family photographs recently made
available to me. William's clothing in the photo appears to date from around 1910 which would be consistent with his known time away from Robertson.
The question of how, after Thomas' death in 1897, the remaining farm portions came to be transferred to Henry, Hugh and James is still a mystery to me. It could be that
because William and John were away in New Zealand, it made sense to transfer the property to the sons still in Robertson (despite Henry's absence in Albury and Wagga
Wagga for several years).
It could also be argued that William and John left Robertson because they had been left off the title to the farm. No answers at the moment.