Most McMickings in Australia owe their ancestry to Robert McMicking/MacMicking who immigrated to Australia in 1851.
Robert was born in 1826 at Miltonise in Scotland, the youngest child and son of Thomas McMicking and Jane Morin. He
left Scotland around 1847 and sourjourned in Indonesia, Singapore and three years in the Philippines before he made
his way to Adelaide in West Australia Colony in 1851.
He is reported as being the first white man to ride by horseback from Adelaide to Melbourne in Victoria County around
1854. He eventually settled in Manus region, New South Wales, which he helped develop for over 50 years.
He married his long time housekeeper Jane White on September 27, 1862. Unfortunately of their 4 children, only one survived – Gilbert Torrance McMicking, whose ancestors still reside in many regions of Australia and New Zealand. Jane White passed away after a lengthy illness in January of 1868. Less than 20 months later, Robert married Eleanor Jane Nicholson on August 11, 1869. She was the daughter of Germain Nicholson who immigrated to Australia in 1849.
Robert and Eleanor had 7 children and apart from one who died around 12 years of age in England, all married and had children whose ancestors make up the bulk of McMickings in Australia today.
Robert MacMicking died on June 7, 1908 at Manus, Upper Murray in Australia. His wife Eleanor died in 1926. His legacy is well reported in the epochs of Australian history.
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