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National Maritime Museum

Hickley family


Reference code(s): GB 0064 HIK

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Hickley family

Date(s): [1842-1895]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 2 boxes

Name of creator(s): Hickley | Henry Dennis | 1826-1903 | Admiral
Hickley | John Dennis | 1862-1895 | Lieutenant


Administrative/Biographical history:

See sub-fonds level descriptions for individual biographies.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Admiral Henry Dennis Hickley, consisting of two short diaries and a watch bill from HMS DIADEM; appointment papers detailing the rise of Henry Dennis Hickley from Ordinary Seaman in 1857 to Admiral of Her Majesty's Fleet by 1892; Navy pay records and statements of service; letters and telegraphs between Hickley and the Admiralty from 1869 to 1890; and a small number of documents relating to the domestic life of the Hickleys between 1842 and 1888. The address book of his wife, Mrs H D Hickley, also features in the collection.

Papers of Lieutenant John Dennis Hickley containing several papers relating to J D Hickley's education and training; a few short letters written just before his death; his naval records from 1876 to 1886; as well as a short pamphlet entitled 'An Account of the Operations on the Benin River in August and September, 1894', written by Hickley and printed by Royal United Service Institution. However, the majority of material on Lt. Hickley deals with the circumstances of his death and burial, apparently a reflection of a Victorian obsession with tragic heroes.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The Hickley collection was presented to the National Maritime Museum by Rev. Dennis Hickley of Plater College, Oxford on 6th July 1982.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jul 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2010-08-26

Diaries | Nonfiction
Naval operations | Military operations | Military engineering
Naval education
Primary documents

Personal names
Hickley | Henry Dennis | 1826-1903 | Admiral
Hickley | John Dennis | 1862-1895 | Lieutenant

Corporate names
HMS Diadem
Royal Navy