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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Hixson, Capt. Francis

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Hixson, Capt. Francis, commanding naval forces, New South Wales, is a native of Dorsetshire, and, entering the Royal Navy, arrived at Sydney in H.M.S. Havannah in 1848. When the Havannah was paid off, in 1852, he was appointed to the Herald, and when that vessel left Australian waters, in 1861, he was employed as chief assistant, to Commander Sidney in the survey of the coasts of New South Wales. In Jan. 1863 he left the navy, having reached the rank of "master," and was appointed superintendent of pilots, lighthouses, and harbours in New South Wales. In the same year he organised the New South Wales Naval Brigade, which he commanded for many years. He was appointed President of the Marine Board of that colony in April 1872, a position he has held ever since, and is Captain commanding the Naval Forces. Captain Hixson married in 1861 Sarah, second daughter of the Hon. Francis Lord, of New South Wales.