THE HISTORY OF THE SYKES FAMILY IN AUSTRALIA
JAMES SYKES (third generation)
James Sykes was born at Spring Valley on the 9th September 1846, the sixth child of George Sykes and Catherine Crowe. He spent the whole of his lifetime in the Goulburn district, mainly working on the family property. For a few years, he owned the Bredalbane Hotel and later settled in Bungendore. James married Elizabeth Akers. He was also a keen horseman and cricketer. His youngest son, Cyrus, served overseas with the First A.I.F. James died in Goulburn on the 6th February 1929. He is buried in the North Goulburn Cemetery. James died in 1993.
For more details of the descendants of the children of James and Elizabeth, see First three generations.
Anastasia Sykes was the second child of James and Elizabeth (shown left as a child). She married Charles Coggan. For details of their children and descendants, see James - Anastasia line
Stanley Sykes (fourth generation)
Stanley Sykes was born at Springfield Valley on the 24th June 1885, the third son of James Sykes (third generation) and Elizabeth Akers. Until the age of 22 he worked on the family property, and then went to Queensland where he worked and travelled extensively. In 1917 he married Florence Hansen (see photos below). He was an excellent horseman. Among his other interests were football and cricket. He played Rugby and represented Country First Grade against City. At the age of 32, he returned to N.S.W. where he married and joined the Department of Transport, as an Engineer. He retired from this position at the age of 65. His eldest son, James, was a member of the Second A.I.F. and served overseas, while his second son, Harry, served with the R.A.N. overseas. Harry also played First Grade Rugby League for North Sydney. Stanley died in Sydney on 17th December 1970.
For details of the descendants of the children of James and Elizabeth, see Stanley Sykes line. Stanley and Florence had four children. The eldest, Betty, married Albert Bowden-Smith (see photo below right).
GEORGE SYKES (third generation), brother of James