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Saturday, January 28, 2012


Thanks to the generous Australia Day gift of to free access to their convict records for three days, I think I have tracked down the boy 'Mawbey' convict.
I found details of a 'John Morbey' who arrived in Van Diemen's Land in 1833 in two records:
  • Australian Convict Transportation Registers, Other Fleets and Ships, 1791-1868
  • New South Wales and Tasmania, Australian Convict Musters, 1806-1849
He was convicted at Leicester, Leicestershire, England on 1-7-1833 and departed on the John on 3-8-1833 and arriving in Van Diemen's land later that same year.
He was subsequently convicted again in Hobart.
Finally finding this out feels like a major breakthrough!
He is not listed on either the Tasmanian Archives or Queensland Library convict registers under this spelling, Morbey, of his name.
If he was aged around 10 in January 1835 when he was in Hobart court, he was only eight at the time he was given a 14 year sentence in England.
What on earth could he have done to merit such a harsh penalty?