Family Gathering Update

Hi all,

We have people coming from lots of different places for the Family Gathering. Some want to catch up with people they haven’t seen for many years and reminisce about old times. Some want to check out if old “haunts” have changed. Some are making it their “annual or bi-annual major holiday” and want to take their children to see all the sights of Sydney, from the Harbour Bridge, to Taronga Park Zoo, the Opera House, etc. and even incorporate the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves. Some are treating it is a networking opportunity. And others just want to meet new members of their family and have a good chinwag with them and swap stories. In any event, it will be a once in a lifetime event.

We are putting together a “working” Family Tree for display on the day. Some of the details will more than likely not be quite right and you will be able to correct any errors you find, either on the day or later on. Our aim is to have a photo for each person on the tree and I would ask that you please send me photos of everyone you have photos of so that we can incorporate them in the Family Tree. Funny photos or stories would be very welcome. Attached is a photo of my father and Uncle Harold (they are on the bottom step) doing a very funny can-can routine at a Lodge function. Dad welded cones for the ladies “bosums” and the hunt was on to find bras to fit to hold them in place. At the end of their routine they turned their backs on the audience and each one had a pigs face mask pinned to his bum. It brought the house down. I remember we went all over Sydney looking for those masks.

We also need details of some of the younger family members (5th or 6th generation down from Alfred and Edith) and would be pleased if you could help us out with any information about them.

We are also looking for memorabilia for display on the day.

If you can help with any photos or details of younger family members we would be extremely grateful as it will make organising the Family Gathering that much easier.

Kind regards
Dad and Uncle Harold Lodge event


ww1 remembrance

Today, Anzac Day, 2016, we honour two brothers who fought in Europe. Both were wounded, convalesced in England and returned to the fighting. Ernest Lycett returned to Australia after the war but Harold Lycett died in Belgium in 1917. His effects were never returned to his grieving parents as the ship carrying them back to Australia was sunk. RIP

“Lycett traits”

I wonder how many Lycett descendants share similar traits.  My immediate family and my grandfather all have a love of puzzles of all kinds.

Many others of us are in the healing business or have spiritual leanings

Can you or your family relate to any of these traits?

First informative newsletter February 2016

Hello everyone,

This is the first of several emails we will be sending out to all of Alfred and Edith’s descendants that we can find to let them know about the upcoming Lycett Family Gathering and to give everyone updates. I have put everyone’s email address as a Bcc (blind copy) so please let me know if you are happy for others on the mailing list to have your email addresses.  Everyone is family, except for a few hangers-on, who are interested in the Gathering as they are related in some way e.g. to Kate and Pheme.

WHAT:             LYCETT Family Gathering

WHERE:           ST. JOHN’S CHURCH HALL, Cnr. Birchgrove Road and Spring Street, BIRCHGROVE.  Parking is one block away.

WHEN:             7TH January 2017 from 10.00 AM TO 4.00 PM

WHO:              Everyone who can claim a link to Alfred and Edith and their families and anyone else who is interested in attending

WHY:               It’s about time and it will be LOADS OF FUN

Gathering St. Johns Church Hall Map

STUFF:             There will be a small charge for name badges, tea, coffee, cordial, etc. on the day.  You will also need to bring a plate of food to share at lunchtime – more details in a later update

On the day there will be a Family Tree displayed together with memorabilia and other interesting “stuff”.  We want to take a group photo around noon as well as individual family photos around the same time.  We will let you know more details closer to the event.

Alfred and Edith had 9 children, of whom 5 had descendants – Norman, George, Bert, Edith and Julia.  To make things easier on the day each family branch has been assigned an arbitary colour as follows:

Norman                      Green

George                        Blue

Bert                             Yellow

Ethel                            Red

Julia                             Orange

Others                          Mauve

In-laws will also have the colour of the branch they married into and will be distinguished as in-laws.

Please check out our Facebook group LycettsofSydney under Marcus Kitchen’s Facebook page – his photo will let you know if you have the right facebook page.

marcus in peugeot (1)

A facebook events page – please register your interest in coming along to the Gathering

There is also a blog LycettsofSydney

and a webpage

Could you please pass this email on to others in your family as they may very well be interested in coming to the Family Gathering.  Could you please also let me know their email addresses.

We desperately need PHOTOS please – family groups and individual photos for the family tree.  We also need details of all your family (if you haven’t already given us that information), including DOB, place, marriage date and to whom, children’s information.

Do you have any memorabilia you could bring on the day such as medals, clothing, photos (people houses, etc), post cards, certificates, scrap books, embroidery samples, newspaper clippings, heirlooms (e.g. cigarette case, door knob, boat lights, etc.)

My name is Kay Kitchen (nee Lycett) one of Mac Lycett’s girls.  Marcus Kitchen is my husband.  Cousins Robyn Taylor, Louise Yeomans and I are organising the gathering.

My phone contact is 0417074943 and my email is

Look forward to hearing from as many of you as possible.

Kind regards

Kay Kitchen


Alfred and Edith’s House in Balmain

Alfred and Edith lived at Wallscourt Lodge (No. 5) for many years.  The property went down to Camerons Cove, where the family often swum.  The extensive grounds apparently had magnificent gardens and they now form part of Ewerton Park.  The property is now town houses.  (Extracts taken from Leichhardt Historical Journal No. 15 1986)

Wallscourt Lodge - Family Residence

Wallscourt Lodge surrounding area 2Wallscourt Lodge surrounding area

Chesterton Hall

Chesterton Hall, Chesterton, Staffordshire is where Alfred Arden Lycett was born on 22nd May, 1852.  Sadly, like so many English country houses, it has been demolished. Also a scene of Chesterton of Yesteryear. These photos comes from Tony Lancaster’s book Chesterton, Apedale, Knutton and Silverdale Through Time.   And an old ordance map of Chesterton

Chesterton Old Hall
Chesterton Map


Lycett Family Get Together

Hot off the press – the get together date is 7th January, 2017 all day at St. John’s Church Hall, Balmain.

Could you please let me know who is coming and give me your details, including emails.  Please spread the word to all your family members as we would like as big a roll up as possible.  Any assistance you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

Alfred and Edith Lycett

Our common ancestors – Alfred Arden Lycett was born at Chesterton Hall, Chesterton, Staffordshire in 1852. Edith Ellen Green Cross was born at Grevile Lodge Winsford, Cheshire in 1858.  They married at Wharton Church, Winsford in  1876 and moved to New Zealand in 1879 and lived in the Hawkes Bay area.  They then moved to Sydney in 1889 and lived in the Balmain area.  We think these photos of Alfred and Edith were taken shortly before they left England.  They had 9 children and we are all descended from 5 of those children.  The children are, in order of birth:

Alfred Arden  (died in New Zealand aged 4), Greville Hugh Norman (Nobby), (the two eldest sons were born in Cheshire), George William, James Herbert (Bert), Ethel Jane (Northey), Harold (died in Belgium in 1917 in WW1), Kent Lancelyn (died in Sydney at 3 months), (these 5 children were born in New Zealand), Julia (Bates) and Earnest Parnell (unfortunately he and Violet had no children) (these last 2 children were born in Sydney).

I am Kay Lycett, daughter of Mac Lycett and granddaughter of Nobby Lycett.  My email is  Robyn Taylor, Louise Yeomans and I are co-ordinating the big day.

We are asking for LOTS OF PHOTOS as we want to have a photo of every person on the family tree. Check out some of the photos we have so far.

We are also having a memoribilia display so please bring along anything you may have of interest , e.g. I have Uncle Earnie’s cigarette box and Judith had the christening robe worn by lots of Lycett babies.

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