Good morning,

We are at the stage where we need to know numbers.  Could you please let me know ASAP whether you will be attending.  Details are as follows:

Date: Saturday 7th January 2017

Time: 9am to 5pm with photo call at 11.30am
Place: St. Johns Church Hall, Cnr. Spring Street, and Birchgrove Road, Birchgrove, Sydney
Your line of descent colour is
BERT         – YELLOW
ETHEL       – RED
(colours were chosen arbitrarily)
Please: Wear a name badge (we have spare name badges if you don’t have one) and some clothing in your line of descent colour
             Bring a plate of finger food to share for lunch
             Bring any memorabilia/family heirlooms, etc. for display with history attached
             Do you have an ancestor whom you would like to acknowledge on the day with a display (story/pictures, etc.).  If so please BYO everything to set this up
             BYO activities for your children
Cost:    $10 per person – children free – towards cost of hall hire, insurance, tea, coffee, and other expenses.
This is a one-off event so if you are curious to meet your extended family and discover your heritage this is the time to do so.  We are a nice friendly lot of people and you are guaranteed to have a great time.  The oldest living member of your extended family will turn 100 in April and the youngest member is one month old and both will be coming along to celebrate the Lycett Family and its collective achievements.  Many people in your extended family have led interesting and extremely productive lives and every Lycett descendant is noteworthy and interesting in one way or another.
I don’t have anything to wear in green (our line of descent colour) and can feel the need for some retail therapy to remedy that situation.



Hi everyone, WOW! we are now just over two months out from the Family Gathering. Could you all please let us know if you are coming as we need to know numbers for tea, coffee, etc. and all the other stuff we need numbers for. I am still waiting on a few photos – you know who hasn’t sent me the photos for the family tree!!!

Time to start thinking about …..

Hi Everyone,

I just want to remind everyone travelling from outside Sydney that you should start thinking about booking your accommodation or making arrangements to stay with family or friends for the Family Gathering as it is only 5 MONTHS away and counting down rapidly.           There is not a lot of accommodation in the Balmain area but, hopefully, parking will not be a huge issue and there is a bus from the city that stops around a block away from the church hall in Birchgrove – and it is an easy walk. There is also a ferry that stops at Louisa Road. It is a bit of a hike but quite pleasant if you are fit.           If anyone wants more details please contact me directly.

I am still looking for photos and details for the family tree to be displayed at the Gathering so, for everyone who hasn’t yet sent me copies of any photos or details, PLEASE DO SO SOON as the Tree will take some time to put together and I don’t want to be sitting up all night on the night before the Gathering putting information and photos in the Tree – or worse yet leave a blank where your name and photo or those of someone in your family should be.

I am also looking for wedding photos so could you please send me copies of any that you have together with the year of the wedding.

Please also think about bringing along funny family photos, stories, interesting newspaper cuttings and anecdotes to share on the day. And don’t forget to bring memorabilia for display. This could be anything from an example of some skill/s you have to something that an ancestor owned/made, etc. OR for the big things photos would be great. My sister made some lovely tapestry pictures for my mother but they are big and heavy so I will bring photos rather than the actual pictures. My father made kids furniture for his grandchildren and they will also be represented by photos.   I made a tapestry evening bag for my mother and will bring that along as it is quite small and light. I will also bring Uncle Ernie’s cigarette case (a Christmas present to him in 1920) as that is small and light. War and/or other medals and similar would be wonderful also.

As mentioned previously there will be a small charge on the day to cover tea, coffee, hall hire and all the numerous incidentals associated with the day. Please also start thinking about what you will bring for a shared lunch on the day. The best kind of food to bring to the Gathering will be food that is not messy or does not require cutlery to eat. Finger foods and sandwiches are hard to beat and, of course, some yummy deserts like cheesecake (a personal favourite) never go astray.

Could you also give me an indication as to who will likely be attending so that we can get an estimate of numbers for planning purposes.

If you have any questions please contact me directly.

I am getting excited and looking forward to connecting with as many of you as possible on the big day.

Best wishes


Norman’s Descendants in July 1971

How’s this for a Family Group photo – Norman’s descendants – most of them anyway (and a couple of ring ins) – taken in July 1971. Sadly all the older members of the family, except for two remarkable ladies, have now passed but there are lots of children and grandchildren for the younger generation of the family

Lycett Norman Family Group Kay's wedding 1971

Mystery young girl

Lycett Mac young boy with unknown girl cousin

This photo shows Mac Lycett with presumably his younger cousin – could be Merle Bates, 8 years his junior, Nancy Bates, 2 years his junior, Miriam Lycett, 2 years his junior but my bet is on Jean Lycett 6 years his junior. Does anyone know who the young girl is. The photo looks like it was taken near water, so Birchgrove is the likely suspect, either Wharf Road or Louisa Road

Harold and Mac Lycett do the Can Can

A while ago I posted a funny photo of Harold and Mac Lycett doing the can can at a Masonic Lodge event. I was lucky enough to find some more photos. You can clearly see the pigs head sewn to the back of their knickers when they turned their backs to the audience at the end of the performance and raised their skirts.  It was hilarious but obviously keeping in step wasn’t important


Lycett Mac and Harold Can Can Girls

Violet Lycett (nee Penson)

Violet Penson and her sister Rita were Tivoli Showgirls and I was lucky enough to find this photo of them.  Violet Penson was born in 1895 and married Ernest Lycett in 1925 so this photo must have been taken during WW1 years or not long after.

Violet Penson and Tivoli Chorus Girls01


More Lycett traits

13Sabot sailing past Waitara, Wharf Road

Many Lycetts have a love of water – whether it is sailing, fishing or just plain mucking around on the water.  George and Norman Lycett owned a lighterage company, Tay Lighterage, which meant that they travelled around Sydney Harbour fixing things on boats, delivering stuff and whatever else came up.  They owned 3 boats.  They also did boat salvage work.  When he was old enough Harold Lycett also worked for them.

George and Pheme Lycett lived, with their extended family, at Raywell, Louisa Road, Birchgrove.  This heritage listed property is on Long Nose Point and has water frontage.  Norman and Kate Lycett lived at Waitara, Wharf Road, Birchgrove, another waterfront property and they had the workshop and wharf at the bottom of their property.  The property had a great view of the Harbour Bridge.  As kids we all used to love exploring the workshop and wharf, despite our parents trying to keep us away.

Ernie Lycett and his nephew Jack also had a business connected with boats and Mac Lycett was a boilermaker working mostly on boats.

All us kids mucked around in boats.  Robyn and Young Alfie spent many hours at Raywell on the water.  Bruce, Malcolm and Ken Lycett were sabot sailors.  Robyn and her husband John Taylor are keen fisherfolk.  Judith  and her husband Macca spend a lot of time around water.

My husband and I own a cruising boat and have sailed up and down the Queensland coast many times.  We have sailed to the Kimberleys from the Gold Coast and also to the Louisiades, which is an archipelago to the east of Papua New Guinea mainland and part of Papua New Guinea territory.  Marcus knows how to catch more fish than me – he leaves me at home!!

Rhonda and Diane are heavily involved in surf lifesaving.

How many other Lycetts share this trait?