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Friday, March 14, 2014


According to the pedigree of Sir Joseph Mawbey of Botleys Surrey, several of his ancestors were named Erasmus Mawbey.
One was baptised at South Kilworth on 7 March 1616.
His family came from Kettering in Northamptonshire and before that from Mautby, a village in East Flegg Hundred in Norfolk.
In 1694 he was buried at Shenton in the county of Leicester.
By his first wife, Mary Wright, he had seven sons including one named Erasmus after him.
This Erasmus Mawbey was baptised on 7 October 1647, married on 11 April 1681 and buried on 20 February 1694.
By his second wife, Eleanor Slee, he had five more sons including one named Isaac.
Isaac Mawbey and his wife Elizabeth had twin sons Abraham and Isaac, baptised 3 February 1694 and buried 18 February 1694.
A brother of Erasmus named Richard, baptised 18 May 1645, had a son named Erasmus born 22 March 1695 and baptised 14 April that same year.
Another Erasmus Mawbey (possibly son of one of the sons of the first Erasmus mentioned above) married Sarah Parsons on 3 October 1702 and was buried 13 February 1713.
An Erasmus married Frances Cooper 7 April 1724.
Their son Erasmus baptised 27 December 1731.


Brothers Walter and Charles Mawbey emigrated to Australia from England around 1900.
Walter was born at Crick, Northumberland in 1884, to parents George and Ellen Mawbey (nee Mawse [Morse?].
His father was a  wheelwright.
Walter was 16 when he arrived in Australia.
He married Ethel Agnes Bushell at Bankstown, a suburb of Sydney, in 1914 at the age of 31.
The couple had two daughters, Beryl E (b.1916) and Joyce A (b.1919).
Walter died of heart disease on 27 February 1945 at a home at Hurstville, a southern suburb of Sydney, where his brother also lived.
At the time he was a machinist and invalid pensioner aged 61.
Charles married Mona Owena Howker in 1916 at Newtown and died in 1956 at Rockdale.


Another early 20th century English emigrant to Australia was Arthur Henry Mawbey, a great grandson of Samuel Sam(p)son Mawbey.
His father was William Samuel Mawbey and his mother Harriet Jane Mawbey.
Arthur married Vera Hannah Little at Granville, near Parramatta west of Sydney, in 1944.
He died in 1957.


On UK Ancestry found entries in a London business directory for sisters Miss Phoebe Mawbey and Miss Amelia Mawbey, both living at 51 Myddleton Street, Clerkwell.
Phoebe was a stay and corset maker and Amelia, a dressmaker.
They were the only two daughters of Samuel Sam(p)son Mawbey and Phoebe Davis, married 24 August 1815.
Phoebe was born 1820 and Amelia, the youngest of five children, 1827.
One of their brothers was Evan John Mawbey born 1824.
He may have been related to John Evan Mawbey, a compositor at The Times of London newspaper, who drowned at Parramatta, west of Sydney, Australia in August 1859.
Samuel Sampson Mawbey was also a compositor on The Times.

Monday, February 17, 2014


On Saturday 13 August 1859, The Sydney Morning Herald reported the death of John Evan Mawbey, 42 (b.c.1817), a compositor on the London Times at the Parramatta River.
It appears no death certificate was lodged for him with what is today NSW Births Deaths Marriages.
Nor is there any record of an inquest.
Then last week I was contacted via email by a Mawbey in England who appears to be related to him.
The men in his family were printers at the London Times and John Evan Mawbey may have been their nephew and cousin.
This still needs to be confirmed.
This Mawbey in England also knew about a Henry Evan Mawbey, married 1874 at St Saviour, Southwark, London (Surrey), who was his great great uncle.
Coincidentally, this was the name of the father of the first Mawbey in Queensland, Henry Thomas Mawbey, who arrived in 1921 and became a politician and pineapple grower at Nambour.
It's so exciting when more pieces of the family history jigsaw come to light!

Update: February 2014
The father of Evan John Mawbey, born 1824, was Samuel Sampson Mawbey.
John Evan Mawbey who drowned was born c. 1817.
His father may have been a brother of Samuel Sampson Mawbey.

Henry Evan Mawbey, born 1851, was a son of Samuel William Mawbey, eldest son of Samuel Sampson Mawbey.
He married Mary Jane Joyce in 1874, and they were the parents the of Henry Thomas Mawbey, arrived Queensland, Australia, in 1921.


The UK version of Find My Past reveals that a 'Mawbey' was receiving a quarterly pension of 5 pounds from Her Majesty's Privy Purse from January 1865 to January 1867 for work done at the Windsor Mansion.
The money was sent to the recipient in the form of a cheque.
Source: Royal Archives (C) HM Queen Elizabeth II 2013 

Saturday, December 21, 2013


Henry Lancelot Mawbey (1870-1933) CB CVO was placed in command of the dreadnought Argincourt on 11 April 1917.

Henry Lancelot Mawbey

Major-General Henry Way Mawbey (1826-1909) fought in the Crimean War with the Royal Marine Artillary. A representative of the Prince of Wales attended his funeral.
Major-General H W Mawbey (1832-1890) was also with the Royal Marine Authority