Hickson Genealogy

James Moore Hickson (Jim)

He was born 13th August 1868 in Broken River, Victoria, Australia to Robert Onslow Bellrophon Hickson and Emily Villeneuve Watton, the sixth of thirteen children.

His family can be traced back to Edward Hickson and Pracentia Keith who were born ca 1720.

The healing movement was in fact the first on the scene at the very beginning of this century. By its warning tremors and spring breezes it gave the first indications to the Church of the exploding force of the Spirit that would overtake it once again in our time. It was in 1904 that Dr Percy Dearmer, a famous Anglican scholar and liturgist, Conrad Noel, and others of a strong theological background, formed the Guild of Health to encourage co-operation with the medical profession in the practice of healing. The Guild continues to do valuable work, based on its headquarters at Edward Wilson House in London. The Aim of the Guild is To help people to experience within the fellowship of God's family the freedom and life promised by Jesus Christ Its objects are to implement this aim through prayer, sacrament and counselling, through healing the polarizations between the caring professions and - something worthy of the Church's attention and of all the medical services To enable all members to study the interaction between physical, mental and emotional factors in well-being and their relationship with the spiritual life in prayer and meditation. Little wonder it has a very large number of affiliated prayer groups.

On the 10th of October 1905, James Moore Hickson founded The Society of Emmanuel which changed its name to The Divine Healing Mission (D.H.M.) in 1933. Hickson was a sensitive Anglican layman of tireless energy. With his co-founders, he felt constrained to proclaim Christ as the Healing Saviour. He called on Archbishop Randall Davidson at Lambeth and told him all that God had laid on his heart for the revival of this ministry. The archbishop commissioned and blessed him, charging him to go forward like the patrol of an army and come back and report. He then dismissed him with the significant words: I will lead the main body forward. From 1906-17 he held healing services, prayed and talked with groups up and down the country and established the Emmanuel League of Prayer. Always he and his colleagues - Bishop Milne of Bombay and Prebendary Carlisle, healed of spinal trouble to do his great work of founding the Church Army - had two convictions laid upon them: the healing ministry was to be part of the preparation for the Lord's Second Coming: and that our Lord desires to use this ministry especially for the healing of his body, the Church. On a visit to Iona in 1917 for a time of prayer and quiet reflection.

He conducted healing missions extensively in Australia in the 1920s.

Hickson was shown God's plan to take the message of the Healing Saviour to all the world. He began in the U.S.A. & Canada, then India, China, Japan and the Philippines. He received the commission and blessing in each diocese. People filled the cathedrals for the services and the bishops took part. In 1921 he set out again for Egypt, Palestine, Rome and Paris, then to South Africa, Rhodesia and on to Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. After this visit the Australian bishops wrote a remarkable document, testifying to the results of Hickson's visits, which were richly blessed by God. His visit to Ireland in 1930 was still talked about 47 years later at the healing festival in Dublin in 1977.

The work there has been continued and ably led successively by Noel Waring and Stanley Baird. The D.H.M., centred in Crowhurst, continues its witness to Christ the Healer, for whom Hickson was a true apostle in this century. He as much as anyone has helped forward the revival of this ministry in the Churches.

He died about 1932.