Patrick Joseph Hickey (1871-1946)
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Patrick Joseph Hickey was born in Timor West, near Maryborough, and came to Werribee as a young man to take up farming. A popular man, he was remembered for his sporting prowess. Patrick was a noted Fitzroy footballer. He debuted in 1897 and was named best player of the year in 1899. He was a ‘wonderful half-back’ and despite his 180cm height and 90 kilo weight he made the three yard (2.7 metre) dash ‘like a shot’.
Patrick was an avid horse racing fan and was a foundation member and later president of the Werribee Racing Club. He was on the Committee of Management for the Werribee Racecourse and Recreation Reserve for over 31 years. Drum Net was one of the finest horses he raced. He was also a foundation member of the Werribee Agricultural Society and the Werribee Coursing Club. Patrick served on the Werribee Council for some years and was Werribee Shire President from 1929 to 1930.
Patrick and his wife Helen lived on Metro Farm Road. They had six children, Martin, Donald, Patrick, John, Peter and Mary. Great tragedy struck in 1935 when Helen was struck and killed by the Melbourne to Geelong train on her way to church.
Patrick died at his home on 4 February 1946, and is buried at the Werribee cemetery.
1935 'Fatality at Railway Crossing.', Werribee Shire Banner (Vic. : 1911 - 1952), 7 November, p. 2 1946 'Family Notices.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 5 February, p. 2 1946 'FORMER WERRIBEE PRESIDENT DIES.', Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 - 1954), 5 February, p. 3
1946 'OBITUARY.', Werribee Shire Banner (Vic. : 1911 - 1952), 7 February, p. 2, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75205628
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