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James Tickner (1859 - 1941)
& Elizabeth Ann Tickner (1864 - 1958)

Newspaper reports of the tragic deaths of their two daughters, Ethel May (their second child) and Amy Lillian (their sixth child) are reproduced below. The name of the newspaper and the date are unknown.

Marulan News

FATALITY. - A sad accident happened on Monday to a little girl, 4 years of age, named Ethel Tickner, daughter of Mr. James Tickner, of Jerrara Creek Farm. The little one and her brother, who was about 18 months older than herself, appear to have obtained some matches, and were amusing themselves setting fire to the grass in the paddock, when the little girl's clothes became ignited, and were completely burnt off her.

The first that the parents knew of the matter was when the little boy took his sister home. The poor child succumbed to her injuries at 4 pm on the same day. Great sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents.

(The brother mentioned was Walter Thomas)

The late Miss Amy L Tickner

As briefly reported in our Friday's issue, the district was last week thrown into mourning by the sad death of Miss Amy Lillian Tickner, daughter of Mr and Mrs James Tickner, of Valetta-street, Moss Vale, which took place at the Berrima District Hospital on Tuesday morning following upon an operation for appendicitis.

The deceased, who was only 21 years of age, was born at Goulburn, but lived the greater part of her life at Moss Vale, where her bright and lovable disposition endeared her to a very wide circle of friends, to whom the news came as a great shock and was received with the most profound regret. During four years of the war period the late Miss Tickner was an enthusiastic and earnest worker in the Moss Vale VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachments), among the members of which her popularity was unbounded; and she had also been an esteemed member of the Lodge Wollondilly branch of the Grand Order of Oddfellows, of which she was elective secretary for 4-1/2 years. In fact she had crowded many avenues of usefulness into her young life, and will be greatly missed in the community which she had served so well.

A striking evidence of the popularity of the deceased young lady was afforded by the large and representative attendance at the funeral which took place on Thursday afternoon, many travelling long distances in order to pay their last tribute of respect. The cortege, headed by a detachment of returned soldiers and members of Wollondilly (Moss Vale) and Gibraltar (Bowral) Lodges of the GUOOF (Grand United Order of Odd Fellows), with decesaed's parents, brothers and relatives and a large concourse of the general public following the hearse, left her parent's residence at 3 o'clock for the Church of England Cemetery at Bong Bong. It was met at the church gates by a VAD Guard of Honour. A short and impressive service was conducted in the church, Miss Hallett presiding at the organ. The Rev W A O'Neill conducted the service in the church and at the graveside, and Bro H F Venables, District Secretary of the GUOOF, delivered the Funeral Oration of the Order. No fewer than 55 beautiful wreaths, many of which were carried by members of the GUOOF, were received from sorrowing friends.

(Both obituaries are from the scrapbook owned by Eliza Dengate Nichols and reproduced in The Tickner Book by Max Laidley {S136} Page 62.)

Updated : 5 Oct 2012