Born at Fairy Meadow, in 1839, Mary Ann McKenzie was the first Illawarra-born child of Alexander McKenzie and wife Anne. She married Henry Thomas Hicks on November 5 1861, and so would be described on her death as one of the grand old pioneers of the district. On marrying Henry Thomas Hicks she became a member of the pioneering Hicks family of the northern Illawarra. The family lived in various locations : Russell Vale (from 1842), Austinmer - North Bulli (from 1843), Wollongong, Towradgi and Thirroul - Robbinsville (circa 1880's).
Alexander McKenzie, father of Mary Ann McKenzie, was born on the Isle of Skye in 1803, and had married Anne McLean in 1829 at Armadale, on the Isle of Skye in the Parish of Sleat. They travelled to Australia, on a bounty ship in 1837 (the William Nicol), with their elder 4 children:
- Daniel b 1831 Armadale, Isle of Skye
- Donald b 1832 Armadale, Isle of Skye
- Alexander b 1834 Armadale, Isle of Skye
- John b 1835 Armadale, Isle of Skye
Marriage of Mary Ann McKenzie to Henry Thomas Hicks
On 5.11.1861, Mary Ann McKenzie married Henry Thomas Hicks, the eldest son of James and Margaret Hicks of Austinmer, then known as North Bulli.