|NAME||Frank Christopher HANCKEL|
|MILITARY SERIAL NO.||7007|
|ENLISTED||Sydney 27 September 1916|
|DISCHARGED||Sydney 10 June 1919 – had been a POW Germany|
Frank Hanckel applied for his Advance on 15 December 1919 securing title to his holding of 640 acres, on 15 March 1920. The holding was a Settlement Purchase 1920/6 in the Land District of Coonamble, Parish of Biralbung, County of Gowen.
By February 1923, Hanckel was already asking for permission to transfer his property because his crop was a failure. On May 1923, he stated, ‘I am doing my best to find a cash buyer. I have put a devil of a lot of work into this place and am not too anxious to sell until I can get a return for it’. By 16 Jan 1926 his financial situation was dire and his despair evident in the following letter:
My position has now become so embarrassing that it will be impossible for me to live on my property. I have nothing I can raise money on and no means of income of any sort until the end of the year. Those figures show that I have tried my best, for no local tradesman will trust you to that extent without security unless you are trying. My country was over-run with black oats when I bought it and the area is not large enough to permit me to put in sufficient crop to meet expenses.
You talk about war I would sooner face a dozen wars than have to go through the same hell to face the same failures and disappointments that I have had to face during the last five years.
On 3rd June 1927 his arrears stood at £406.1.4. On 3rd March 1929 he wrote:
I pointed out in an earlier communication that I could not meet any liabilities this year. I have had no crops since 1924 – simply one failure after another. I want more land so that I can run both sheep and wheat. I haven’t got any earthly hope of ever paying anything off until I get a living area of 1400 or 1500 acres.
Approval was given for Hanckel to acquire more land although as of March 1933, this had not occurred. By June 1936 it seems a transfer of the Settlement Purchase from Frank Hanckel to Alexander Lithgow was approved and did go ahead.
 SRNSW: Lands Department; NRS 8058, Returned Soldiers loan files; [12/6903 No. 3063] Application for Loan 15 December 1919.
 Ibid, Frank Hanckel to Closer Settlement Branch? 11 February 1923.
 Ibid, 1 May 1923.
 Ibid, Frank Hanckel to the Minister for Lands, 16 January 1926.
 Ibid, Frank Hanckel to the Under Secretary for Lands 3 March 1929.
 Ibid, Statutory Declaration 24 February 1934.
Sources used to compile this entry:
State Records NSW: Lands Department; NRS 8058, Returned Soldiers loan files, [12/6903 No. 3063] Frank Christopher Hanckel.
National Archives of Australia: B2455, First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers (Frank Christopher Hanckel) online: http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=4256670