Francis Hahn was born 2 March 1831 in Jettenbach, Bavaria, Germany to Henrich Hahn (bef1831-) and Margaretha Schneider (bef1831-) and died 25 April 1921 Randwick, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. He married Elizabeth Ann Carmody (c1835-1917) 17 November 1857 in St James Church, King Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Francis was an illegal immigrant and changed his name to Cox. All of his children were born under this name, but later the family mostly went back to using the name Hahn.

Francis Hahn was born at Jettenbach, Bayern, Germany, on the 2nd March 1831 to Henrich and Margaretha Hahn, nee Schneider. He was one of eight children.

Francis Hahn was a Musician, and it is believed that he played the cornet with a German brass band.

It is further believed that he came to Australia, at age 23 years, with the Band on the Ship Constant which sailed from Liverpool on the 30th August 1854 with 311 passengers and arrived in Melbourne on the 13th December 1854.


Offspring of Francis Hahn and Elizabeth Ann Carmody (c1835-1917)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Caroline Hahn (1859-1908)
Minnetta Hahn (1861-1942)
John Hahn (1863-1867)
Francis Hahn (1865-1936)
Henry William Hahn (1868-1946)
Elizabeth Annie Hahn (1870-1940)
Philip Hahn (1873-1954)
Annie Hahn (1875-1937)


The Late Mr. Francis Hahn

Mr. Francis Halm, whose death at Randwick on 25th ult., was briefly referred to in last issue, was born in 1831, being thus 90 years of age at the time of his death. He came to Australia from the Old World in 1855. He was married in St. James' (C. of E.) Church, King Street, Sydney, in 1857, to Anne Carmody. He went to Mudgoa shortly afterwards; at first filling the position of mesenger in the Bank of N.S.W. He was afterwards for 25 years on Mr. Charles' Cox's station, Broombee, where most of his family were born. Later he was with Mr. G. H. Cox at Mount Wilson, and from there came to Mr. C. K. Cox at "Fernhill," at whose death he went again into Mr. G. H. Cox's service at "Winbourne," Mulgoa, as a vigneron. Subsequently Mr. Hahn bought land on Littlefields, and built there, taking up the business of greengrocer. For 26 years he acted as sexton of St. Thomas' Church, Mulgoa, and it was his pride that only on one occasion had be missed a Sunday there. Mrs. Hahn for many years took charge of the cleaning of the church, till failing health obliged her to give it up. The aged couple, by their unfailing kindness, won the esteem and respect of all who knew them; and when in 1907 they celebrated their golden wedding their friends from all over the district took the opportunity of showing their regard, and invited Mr. and Mrs. Hahn to an evening in the Mulgoa Hall, when they were presented with a purse of sovereigns, an illuminated address, and many presents. Congratulations and greetings came from far and near on that occasion. Four grandsons served in the war—George and Norman Dykes, Rod Hahn (H.M.A.S. Australia), and Harold Hahn. George Dykes and Harold Hahn gave their lives for freedom's cause.

Of deceased's family, Mrs. G. Dykes died some years before her father and mother, John died a child, and the following survive:—Mrs. Wynne (Melbourne), Frank (for 21 years in the employ of the Misses Riley, Glenmore), Henry and Phillip (Sydney), Mrs. Peters (Cessnock), and Mrs. Reid (West Australia).

The funeral took place on the 27th ult., the remains being, laid to rest in St. Thomas' churchyard, Mulgoa, alongside those of his wife, who died on 24th May, 1917.

Nepean Times, 7 May 1921, page 1

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