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Thursday, June 28, 2012


Edward Mawbey/Mawby
1878 - Pantryman, City of Sydney, 21, England, crew
1882 - Chief steward, Corea, 33, London, crew
1886 - Chief steward, Maranoa, 37, London
1891 - Steward, Adelaide, 43, England, crew
1891 - 1st steward, Wollowra, 46, British
1895 - Chief steward 48, Innamincka, London
1910 - Chief steward, Yongala, 59, London, crew

Walter Mawbey
1909 - Miltiades, passenger, 3rd class
Mawbey, C
1909 - General servant, 28, Morea, Rugby, crew

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Just found a Google ebook A genealogical and heraldic history of the extinct and dormant baronetcies of England, by John Burke, Esq and Sir John Bernard Burke, Esq which lists the Mawbey pedigree.
The Joseph husband of Charlotte mentioned above appears to have been the only son of the first Sir Joseph Mawbey (1) [1730-1798] and left no male heirs.
When Sir Joseph (2) died on 28 August1817, the baronetcy became extinct.
It had been created for his father on 30 July 1765.
Sir Joseph Mawbey (1) had a older brother John, and their father was also a 'John Mawbey'.
Both boys married their cousins - John, Martha Pratt, and Joseph, Elizabeth Pratt.
Sir Joseph Mawbey (2) married Charlotte Caroline Henchman on 9 August 1796.
According to Burke & Burke, Lady Elizabeth Mawbey died at Botleys Park estate on 19 August 1790 and was buried in the family vault in Chertsey chancel.
So it seems that in order to track down the parents of my George Mawbey, I have to go back further in time.
The last John Mawbey was the only son of the youngest son, William, of Erasmus Mawbey.
William was the youngest of Erasmus's seven sons born to his first wife.
Erasmus then had five more sons to his second wife.
So maybe George Mawbey descended from one of the remaining 11 Mawbey men (not counting William).
Alternatively, Erasmus's father Richard had a brother, Thomas, whose son William is described as the progenitor of the Mawbeys of South Kilworth in Leicestshire.


In 1805 a birth of a Joseph Mawbey to Joseph Mawbey Snr and Charlotte took place in the town of Chertsey in Surrey.
Baby Joseph must have not been expected to live, because he was baptised on the same day.
Shortly afterwards, he died.
In 1810, the burial of a Charlotte Mawbey took place at Christ Church, Southwark.
The father of the deceased child and mother was the son of the original Sir Joseph Mawbey who also bore the title of 'Sir'.
Chertsey is a very old English town on the banks of the River Thames.
It appears in the Domesday Book under a different spelling and was a Saxon stronghold.
Sir Joseph Mawbey and his wife Eliza lived in the neighbouring parish of Botleys.
There is a memorial to Eliza in the Anglican church at Chertsey where she was buried in the family vault.


I found another very helpful Google ebook, The baronetage of England, Vol 3, by Edward Kimber and Richard A Johnson, printed 1771, which lists all the members of the early English Mawbey family from whom Sir Joseph Mawbey was descended (pp.221-225).
It is written in the same precise manner of the first book of the Bible, Genesis.
A common thread is that many of the Mawbey men married twice, and one, thrice.
Looking at the males of the 19th generation, the 12 sons of Erasmus Mawbey, only Richard, James and Isaac left male heirs.
Richard had a son Erasmus b. 1695 who had a son Erasmus.
James had a son James Jnr d. 1754 who fathered several children.
Isaac had twin sons, Abraham and Isaac, bap. 3 February 1694, who died, but then had another son, Isaac, who survived.
Of the 21st generation, there was Francis, son of John Mawbey b.1693 to his first wife, J Shepherd.
Coincidentally, my father's baptismal name was Francis.
Another of the sons of Erasmus Mawbey, Joseph, was killed in marine service at the seige of Gibraltar.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Another George Mawbey, not my GG grandfather b. 1809, was tried for theft of two brass cocks from his employer in London's Central Criminal Court on 5 February 1844.
Mawbey was gas fitter for the Chartered Gas Company in Horseferry-road, Southwark, and had taken the brass cocks when he went into the storeroom to get meters.
He was apprehended by the storeman and pulled the two brass cocks from his pocket before the police arrived.
In court, Mawbey apologised and said he did not know what induced him to take his employer's property.
He had worked for the company for nine years and was said to have been of unexceptional character and given every satisfaction.
Mawbey was found 'not guilty'.
[Source: Ref No. t18440205-627]

Thursday, April 26, 2012


There is a Mawbey family history written by Henry Mawbey of Bristol, UK, published on the web with the URL
Unfortunately, the link I had to it here has been broken, and a recent attempt to connect with the site brought up the warning 'potentially malicious website'.
I am now going to direct my research efforts at tracking down the males on the English Mawbey pedigree who produced male heirs who may be the ancestors of my GGGrandfather, George Mawbey.


Yesterday, 25 April, was Anzac Day in Australia.
This is the day when Australians remember their men and women who have served in wars throughout the world.
The Boer War in South Africa, World War I in the Middle East and Europe, World War II in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the current deployment of Australian troops in Afghanistan.
A website called Forces War Records ( reveals that two British Mawbeys fought in the Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815.
They were:
C E Mawbey, Boy 3rd class
John Mawbey, midshipman

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Today I found these newspapers on the NSW State Library e-resources website.
I only had a brief look at them, but most of what came up was from the Leicestershire Mercury.
Nothing from Surrey which is where I think my British ancestor, George Mawbey, came from.
But there was one interesting entry for a George Mawbey of Marylebone who died after a domestic violence incident in September 1898.
His partner and assailant, Eliza Tidmarsh, was charged with willful murder, but then it was discovered that ramming a teacup into Mawbey's face had not been the cause of his death.
Mawbey, a coach-builder of 3 Park-lane, Marylebone, had died of syncope, fatty degeneration of the heart, chronic Bright's disease.
Tidmarsh pleaded 'self defence' and the case was dismissed.
In February 1896, a house occupied by a Mawbey in Flint-street near Humberton-road, Leicestershire was auctioned as part of a deceased estate.
It was one of four six-roomed houses with entry, blue-bricked yard, garden and out-offices that met with the same fate.
The other occupants were Hunt, Laurence and Osborne.
Annual gross rent was 60 pounds 9 shillings.
In January 1898, the London Gazette reported that 'receiving orders' had been issued to a long list of people including:
Cooper, Joseph Mawbey, Avenue-villas, Claybrook, near Rugby, commission agent, Jan.10.
I have included this information because it may be relevant further down the track in my family history research.