THE HISTORY OF THE SYKES FAMILY IN AUSTRALIA

 

Thomas Francis Sykes (fourth generation)

Thomas was the eighth child of the eleven reared by Stephen Sykes (third generation) and Charlotte Sykes. As a young man he worked around the Goulburn district, especially on the Springfield property.

Thomas Francis Sykes left Spring Valley to work in Sydney as a tram driver. There was no means of making a living in the country. He rented a house at 49 Ross Street, Forest Lodge, and seven years later bought a house at 40 Harrison Street, Marrickville, where he brought up his family and where he died. His wife also died in that house. He paid £750 for the house and it was sold 30 odd years later for £8000.

Thomas was married to Mary Reardon on 29th April 1914 by Father Murphy in St Peter & Paul's Cathedral, Goulburn.

For more details of Thomas, Mary and descendants, see Stephen - Thomas line.

He was a quietly religious man and expected his children to be the same. Religion was a normal part of his life without fuss, but woe betide anyone who made fun of it. He had a fiery temper as some of his workmates found if they went too far with their jokes. He was just a good father, husband and tramdriver. He passed away on 12th December 1951, and was buried in Rookwood Cemetery.

James Sykes (fourth generation), brother of Thomas