Attention Internet Explorer User

Your web browser has been identified as Internet Explorer .

In the coming months this site is going to be updated to improve security, accessibility and mobile experience. Older versions of Internet Explorer do not provide the functionality required for these changes and as such your browser will no longer be supported as of September 2020. If you require continued access to this site then you will need to install a different browser such as Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.

Obituaries Australia

  • Tip: searches only the name field
  • Tip: use double quotes to search for a phrase
  • Tip: lists of awards, schools, organisations etc

Browse Lists:

Hixson, Francis William (1862–1951)

Commander Francis William  Hixson, O.B.E., died late on Monday night after a short illness. He was 89.

He was a director of the Permanent Trustee Company, the United Insurance Company, the Illawarra and South Coast Steam Navigation Company Ltd., and the Newcastle Wallsend Coal Company.

He was a son of the late Captain Francis Hixson, R.N., who was stationed in Sydney in the fifties and afterwards took charge of the Sydney shore establishment of the Navy.

Commander Hixson became a commander in the Naval Brigade, which was a volunteer naval reserve raised and commanded by his father.

He always took a keen interest in naval affairs. He was honorary secretary of the Navy League, chairman of the Royal Shipwreck Relief and Humane Society, chairman of the council of the Sydney Sailors' Home for many years, and a member of the Board of Royal Naval House, being largely instrumental in the success of this body.

He was also keenly interested in sailing and school rowing, and was a member of the Council of the Sydney Church of England Grammar School.

In 1920 he was made a member of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his work for the Australian Comforts Fund.

Commander Hixson was a brother of Lady Fairfax and the late Mrs. Geoffrey Fairfax. He is survived by his son, Mr. F. D. Hixson.

After a service in the chapel of Sydney Church of England Grammar School, North Sydney, conducted by the school chaplain, the Rev. Nigel Backhouse, to-day, at 11 a.m., the funeral will leave for Northern Suburbs Crematorium.

Original publication

Additional Resources

  • funeral, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 September 1951, p 4

Citation details

'Hixson, Francis William (1862–1951)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 30 September 2020.

© Copyright Obituaries Australia, 2010-2020