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Wednesday, December 28, 2011


A young boy from England sentenced to transportation for 14 years, double the usual sentence.
In January 1835 he was before Hobart Town Quarter Sessions on two occasions on charges of theft.
He was acquitted the first time for want of evidence, but on the second occasion was sentenced to transportation beyond the seas for 7 years.
The Colonial Times, Hobart, Tuesday 13 January 1835
Quarter Sessions. Thursday January 8th. Present - Joseph Hone, Esq, J P Chair; A Crombie, Esq; and a Military Jury.
Joseph Mawbey, a prisoner of the Crown, John Motton, free, two very little boys, were charged with stealing two pair of shoes, from the shop of Mr. Nance, in Liverpool-street. Both prisoners not Guilty.

The Colonial Times, Hobart, Tuesday 27 January 1835
Quarter Sessions-Hobart Town
Saturday 24 January 1835
John Mawbey, stood charged with stealing from the shop of Mr. Benjamin Henry a piece containing seven silk handkerchiefs, value 25s.
Verdict Guilty.
Sentenced to be transported beyond seas for seven years.     
The prisoner is a boy apparently very young, and is already under sentence of transportation for fourteen years from England, and only a fortnight ago was tried at the Quarter Sessions, in conjunction with a free boy, when from some want of evidence he was acquitted.

Friday, December 23, 2011


He was aged 18 when he arrived as a convict in Tasmania, sentenced to 10 years of penal servitude.
This followed his conviction in England for theft of a copper tea kettle and previous burglary and housebreaking offences in the Northumberland area with accomplices William York, John Tunnel and John Whitsey.
Mawby, York and Tunnel had spent time together on a hulk.
He was tried at Lancaster Salford Assize on 21 October 1841 and embarked from Spithead five months later on 17 March 1842 on the Candahar.
Mawbey arrived in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on 21 July 1842.
 [AOT says embarked 2 April 1842; QSR says 26 March 1842]
His religion was Protestant, occupation brickmaker and he could read and write.

@ LINKS - Tas Archives-MAWBY

Trade - Brickmaker; Height (without shoes) - 5ft 11in; Age - 18; Complexion - fresh; Head - oval; Hair - black; Whiskers - none; Visage - round; Forehead - low narrow; Eyebrows - black; Eyes - ditto; Nose - small; Mouth - ditto; Chin, broad; Native place, Northampton.
Remarks (tatoos) - freckled sailor with flag bottle and glass J + MJ + H on ... arm; woman holding flower E x MM+B on left arm
. [Source: Archives Office of Tasmania]
He was granted a Ticket of Leave on 3 August 1847, and a Certificate of Freedom on 21 October 1851.
On 29 November 1852 he sailed from Launceston to Melbourne steerage class on the Yarra Yarra. [Source: Tasmanian Archives Office - Departures.]

Saturday, December 17, 2011


This is what Tasmanian newspapers have had to say about 'the Tasmanian Mawbeys' during the early 20th century:
The Mercury Tuesday 31 July 1900
Will Person who took Groceries, New Town Tram, Monday, mistake, please return to Mr N MAWBEY.

The Mercury, Wednesday 3 February 1904
Drainage Scheme to be proceeded with. N. MAWBEY employed to look after the lamps and other work, but could not be guaranteed 4 days work every week. He accepted that and was told he would be given any extra work that might come up.
The Mercury, Friday 3 May 1907
City Police Court. Stamp Act. N. MAWBEY was fined 5s. for a breach of the Stamp Act

The Mercury, Thursday 23 August 1917
Police Courts. Hobart. NATHAN MAWBEY for leaving a motor car unattended in Macquarie-street on August 4 was fined 5s. costs remitted.

The Mercury, Hobart, Wednesday 28 May 1919
Inquest. Death by drowning of child MALCOLM RAYMOND MAWBEY, 18 months, in the creek at New Town.

His father, NATHANIEL MAWBEY, caretaker of the sports ground at New Town, found his son in the creek after he heard a boy say there was a child in the water.
EDITH MAWBEY, 14, sister of the deceased, said she saw her brother playing in the yard about 11 a.m. on Saturday.
She went into the house for about three minutes, and when she came out her brother was missing, so she told her mother.
The Mercury, Saturday 1 November 1919

Notice. No Thoroughfare through GLEBE ESTATE, NEW TOWN, by people going to Races from this date. Trespassers prosecuted. W N MAWBEY. 30/10/19.
The Mercury, Monday 29 July 1918
Roll of Honour. 419th Casualty List. The Tasmanians. Wounded, MAWBEY, Wm NATHAN, New Town.
The Mercury, Monday 17 February 1919

Tasmanian Contingents. Soldiers returning to Tasmania per H T Morvada. Nursing staff. Pte MAWBEY, W N 13th F Amb (N. MAWBEY New Town)
The Mercury, Saturday 7 January 1905

Local Board of Health. Three tenders for extension of Maypole Creek. The cheapest 38 pounds by Pinfold and MAWBEY was accepted. [Source:]

Friday, December 16, 2011


I have just found another possible 'Mawbey' convict, the third so far.
This one, a female, ANN MORBY, 30, was transported to Van Diemen's Land after being sentenced to 'life' in the Oxford Assizes on 18 July 1835.
Five months later, on 14 December 1835, she was one of 132 convicts transported from England on the Arab to Van Diemen's Land.
[Source: Qld State Library]

Her physical description can be seen by clicking on Ann Morby's description (p.140).
She was a farm servant, 5 ft 6 in tall, dark complexion with black hair and eyebrows, a large head and visage, high forehead, long nose, wide mouth and dark brown eyes. Her two front teeth on her upper jaw were missing.


Last Thursday was a very exciting day for MAWBEY FAMILY AUSTRALIA.
I heard from a female member of the Tasmanian Mawbeys living in a neighbouring suburb who told me that a female member of her husband's line was living in Perth.
And that this lady's husband had written a family history about it!

But it didn't stop there.
A female great cousin living in Dubbo told me she and her husband were using their Fly Buys to go to Perth this weekend!

So I gave her the phone number of the Mawbey in Perth and she said she would get in touch with her.
I wished I was going to meet her too.
Received a lovely letter dated 31 March 2010 from Margaret, a descendent of the Tasmanian branch of the MAWBY family now living in Perth.
She revealed that her line started with the convict JOHN MAWBY who was transported to Van Diemen's Land in 1842 for burglary.
Among his children with Maria INGLIS was NATHAN MAWBY.

Nathan married Agnes (Lydia) HAKE (b.1874) and had four sons: WILLIAM NATHAN Mawby [MAUBY] b. 1895; THOMAS Alfred Charles [MAWBEY] b.1897; IVON Eldon Lambert [MAWBEY] b.1898; and JOHN JOSEPH NATHAN (NAT) [MAWBEY] b.1899. [Source: Tas Archives Office - Colonial Tasmanian Family Links]
. All three Nathans are mentioned in my posts on the Tasmanian Mawbeys and the Mawbey military service.

Thank you so much Margaret for establishing the connection with this line of 'the Tasmanian Mawbeys' with the convict JOHN MAWBY, plus all the other additional information you provided.

I hope to meet you one day.


This was the first post I made about the Tasmanian Mawbeys on 2 February 2010.
What I have able to ascertain thus far is that there were two branches of the MAWBEY family in Tasmania.
Two convicts bearing that name were sent there, one spelt MAWBEY and the other MAWBY. The former, Joseph, was a young boy around the age of 10 and the latter a teenager named John, aged 18.

The name that gets regularly mentioned in the early Hobart newspapers is of Nathanial (Nathan) MAWBEY.
In 1919 he was the caretaker of a sportsground at New Town. It was while he was in that position that his son Malcolm Raymond MAWBEY drowned as a toddler in a creek near his house.
Nathan had another son, William Nathan MAWBEY, and a daughter Edith.

Coincidentally, of his descendents, TASMAN 'TAS' HAROLD MAWBEY was the caretaker of a park at Roseville on Sydney's North Shore in the 1960s.I grew up on the North Shore and lived with my family at Pymble at that time.
I now live in the suburb of Chatswood which is next to Roseville.
One of the young descendents of Nathan MAWBEY who I met on Facebook calls her relations 'the Tasmanian Mawbeys' as distinct from 'the NSW Mawbeys' like me.