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Peter Garrett’s Hyde Park Barracks ancestor
Featured in Season 8 of Who do you think you are? on SBS Television in September 2016, Garrett’s paternal great, great grandmother was an iconic figure in the history of Hyde Park Barracks.
Born in 1833 in The Rocks, Sydney, Lucy Applewhaite-Hicks (née Langdon) was appointed matron of the female Immigration Depot and asylum for aged and destitute women in 1861, which were housed at Hyde Park Barracks between 1848 and 1887. Lucy lived in the main barracks building with her first husband John Applewhaite, and their nine children. After John’s death in 1869, she married William Hicks, with whom she had another five children.
Tens of thousands of women stayed temporarily at the immigration depot, and Lucy was responsible for their physical and moral welfare, allocation of rations, and overseeing their hiring as domestic servants. Lucy was also responsible for the ill, aged and destitute women in the asylum and by all accounts, she maintained strict rules and conditions. With an annual salary of £200 for running both institutions, Lucy was an unusually highly-paid female public servant by mid-nineteenth century standards.
Mother to 14 children, nine of whom lived to adulthood, Lucy’s descendants alive today must number in the hundreds.
To find out more about Peter Garrett’s connection with Lucy Hicks, go to SBS On Demand to watch Who do you think you are? Season 8, episode 2.