The first Mawbey to arrive in Tasmania (then Van Diemen's Land) appears to have been a boy convict transported from England, John (Joseph) Mawbey (Morbey. He arrived on the John in 1833 after being sentenced to 14 years transportation at Leicester. Two years later, he was sentenced to a further 7 years for stealing in Hobart. Rumour has it that he ran away and lived with the Aborigines. This boy convict appears to be the forbear of the Tasmanian Mawbeys.
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Thursday, January 19, 2012
If the young John Mawbey was already a 'prisoner of the Crown' when he was before Hobart Quarter Sessions for stealing from shops (shoplifting), what was he doing roaming freely around the town?
Why wasn't he incarcerated?
And why wasn't he incarcerated when he was let off the first time he was before the court?
He must have been an escaped criminal at the time ...