Ann was the second child of John Nichols and Ann Pugh. Ann was born on 22 May 1803 and baptised on the 26 June 1803 at St Johns Church of England, Parramatta. Her baptismal certificate states that Ann was the daughter of John and Ann Nichols. Her parents did not married until 25 August 1803 so Ann's surname was legally Pugh.

In 1819, Ann was employed as servant in the Windsor area and by 1822 was working as a servant for Mr Thomas McVitie (later the Manager of the Bank of Australia) at Phillip Street, Sydney. By 1825, Ann was McVitie's housekeeper.

The Reverend Richard Hill married Ann to John Kellick on 18 October 1825 at St James Church of England.

John Kellick was born 3 July 1803 in Sydney, the son of Jane Hay (alias Janette Gardiner) and John Kellock. Jane gave birth to John seven weeks after her arrival in the colony. Jane had been tried at the Cumberland Quarters Sessions on 13 April 1801 and sentenced to seven years transportation, boarding HMS Globe on 12 August 1802. During the voyage Jane became pregnant to marine gunner John Kellock.

Ann and John's daughter Elizabeth was born 1 June 1826 at Phillip Street Sydney Their son John was born 11 July 1828 and died 30 August 1828.

In the census of 1828 John was listed as a cabinetmaker aged 25 living in Phillip Street, Sydney.

Ann and John's son John Alexander was born 12 November 1829.

John was granted a Publican's License for the 'Cabinetmakers Arm' Phillip Street Sydney on 24 June 1830, later changing the name to Australian Inn. By 1831 John had invested in a small shipping business to trade timber between Wollongong and Sydney to supply his cabinet making business. Over the years John owned the shipping vessels Fanny, Ann, Jane and Falcon which sailed the coastal routes.

Ann gave birth to a son William on 9 January 1832. Their daughter Ann Matilda was born 5 May 1834 and died aged 8 months. George was born 13 February 1836.

John built Kellick Wharf on land at Darling Harbour bought from Thomas Day on 28 May 1836. John's shipping business had several set backs when his ships Ann and Jane were wrecked.

Their son Thomas Australia was born 14 August 1838 (died 1838). John and Ann were residing in Kent Street, Sydney having leased their Phillip Street property. During the next few years John obtained leases on several properties in Philip Street, Macarthur Pyrmont estate, and acreage at Medway Estate near Wollombi.

Their son James was born 24 August 1840.

John's business interests were varied, involving shipping, building industry, agriculture, property developing and timber merchant.

Their son Charles Moore was born 21 November 1842 at their Phillip Street residence where Alfred Edgar was born 11 July, 1845.

The 1840's depression caused John financial difficulties, but by 1855 John again was buying and leasing land around Sydney. By 1860 John had problems with his creditors.

His household goods went to auction on 4 June 1860, a percentage being paid to his creditors.

John continued his trade as a builder moving his family from Phillip Street to Pitt Street in 1867.

On 18 July 1872 Ann died, cause of death 'softening of the brain the consequence of repeated epileptic seizures'. Ann was buried in the churchyard at St Stephens Church of England, Camperdown. John died on lst January 1882 being buried with his wife Ann at St Stephens.

ANN and JOHN KELLICK's children

Elizabeth 1826-1886
John 1828-1828
John Alexander 1829-1860 married 1855 Mary Ann Barker 1833-1914
William 1832-1863
Ann Matilda 1834-1835
George 1836-1913 married 1874 Ann Castle Harden 1841-1925
Thomas Australia 1838-1838
James 1840-1921 married Sarah Ann Boulton 1852-1943
Charles Moore 1842-1918 married Christiana Reynolds Webb 1844-1925
Alfred Edgar 1845-1917

© 2002 John Nichols Family Society.  Written by Barbara Coleman 20 November 2001. For more information or for research sharing please contact Ann Pugh Nichols/Kellick Family Coordinator.