Friday, October 3, 2014


Anyone with information about turn of the 19th century champion Victorian bowler, FRANCIS "FRANK" ERSKINE ALLAN (1849-1917), is invited to contact me, particularly any of his descendants.
Allan was the husband of MARY EMMA MAWBEY (1857-1927), the 7th of 10 children of Henry Mawbey 1, a Victorian pioneer settler, and horse-racing fan.
According to Wikipedia, Allan made his first class debut for Victoria in an inter-colonial match against New South Wales in 1869. In 1878 he went on the Australians tour to England where he became regarded as a fine cricketer, both at home and abroad.
The following year he played in the third Test cricket match, having declined selection for the first two Tests because he wanted to attend the Warrnambool Show.
Allan was also a leading Aussie Rules footballer for the South Melbourne Football Club in the Victorian Football Association.
For where he sits on the Victorian Mawbey family tree, see my page HENRY MAWBEY FAMILY TREE

Monday, June 9, 2014


In May 1844, Christopher Woodward Mawbey, labourer and orphan, was among 10 members of a Mawbey family nominated for assisted emigration to Australia.
Financial backing for this was provided by the Newport Pagnell Poor Law Union at the parish of Loughton in Buckinghamshire, England.
At that time, according to a digital record of this assisted emigration approval held by the UK National Archives at Kew, England, the spelling of the family name was MAWBEY, not MAWBY as it later became in Australia.
Online genealogy forums reveal further information about this C W Mawbey, b.c. 1828, his ancestors and his descendants:
- Baptised on 16 November 1829 at Loughton, Buckinghamshire, England.
- Arrived in Melbourne on the Abberton on 22 September 1844 with his uncle Thomas and family having left Britain from Cork, Ireland
- Aged 16 when he arrived (b.c. 1828)
- Married Elizabeth Ann Hodge on 1 March 1853 in Melbourne, Australia.
Another Christopher Woodward Mawby was born in Melbourne 1893 and died at Daylesford in 1976.
[Sources: message boards of, RootsWeb's WorldConnect and Mundia]
- Ancestors were Richard Mawbey and Susanna Woodward who married c. 1770.
- They parented Joseph bap 12 November 1770; Katherine bap 22 September 1775, d. 1777; and Christopher Woodward (1), bap 14 February 1779.
- All of these christenings occurred in the parish of Loughton, Buckinghamshire.
[Source: FamilySearch]
- Christopher Woodward (1) married Catherine Travel on 17 November 1800 at Loughton.
- Among their children were Joseph Mawbey who married Cherlotte Reeve, Christopher Woodward Mawby (2), Richard baptised 27 February 1807 and Catharine.
A Christopher Woodward Mawbey married in 1837 at Newport Pagnell, Buckingshire.

Saturday, June 7, 2014


Thomas Mawbey and his family, including his orphaned nephew, Christopher Woodward Mawbey, were given assisted passage to Melbourne in 1844 by the Newport Pagnell Poor Law Union of the parish of Loughton, Buckinghamshire.
Thomas, a carpenter, brought with him his two sons, Joseph, a labourer and George, plus his wife Mary and five daughters Betsy, Susannah, Charlotte, 'Margham' (Margaret?) and Sarah.
[Source: UK National Archives, Kew, online digital record MH 12/489/145]
This family appears to be the second Mawbeys to arrive in Melbourne, just a couple of years after one of the area's pioneers, Henry Mawbey of Surrey, England.
Henry was later joined by his older brother William who had arrived in NSW as a convict and served a seven year sentence there.


The Argus, Melbourne, 26 January 1865
Constable ERASMUS MAWBEY TREWINNARD appointed inspector of slaughterhouses, and cattle intended for slaughter, for police district of Kyneton.

This was also announced in the Victorian Police Gazette of the same date.
In the 20 October 1864 issue, it had been announced he had been appointed  as a constable, number 2012.
He appears to have been born in 1844 in Surrey, England and was living there at the time of the 1851 and 1861 censuses.
At the time of the latter, he was living in Bermondsey, London.
He appears to have married Mary Hill in 1895 and died on 2 February 1897 with probate granted in Melbourne, Victoria on 26 March that year.
His wife died in 1903 at Cormella, Victoria.
[Sources: FamilySearch, Find My Past, Ancestry]
His name suggests he was the son of a female Mawbey who married a Trewinnard.
'Trewinnard' is a Cornish name and a woman bearing it in the medieval era was one of the few  British female pirates.
I have not been able to find any record of how and when he arrived in Australia.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


The Argus, Melbourne, 3 July 1849
List of electors for district of Port Phillip ... GEORGE PATON MAWBEY .

Friday, August 31, 2012


In the late 19th century, a remarkable historian, Thomas Foster Chuck, collected photographs of over 700 pioneers of the Australian state of Victoria and stuck them onto a shield to make a permanent record of them.
The project, entitled 'The Explorers and Early Colonists of Victoria', took him three years to do and was completed in 1872.
Among the 713 photographs on this shield is one of HENRY MAWBEY, forbear of the Victorian branch of the Mawbey family.
He is number 596.
Chuck claims that Henry Mawbey arrived in Victoria in 1841.
T F Chuck's historical photographic montage
of early settlers of Victoria
Source: Wikipedia
To learn more about this historic photographic montage, visit Wikipedia by clicking on this link

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


I have already found a family connection between two Mawbey males living in Melbourne in the 1840s - Henry and William - and am now wondering if this extends to two others in Tasmania - Joseph (aka John) and John.
A Candy family historian has told me that Henry and William (b.1808) both had the same father, but different mothers.
The mother of William, the older brother, was Hannah Billing(s) while Henry's mother was Mary Billing(s).
On I found three baptisms of children born to a William and Hannah Mawbey in Surrey at around the right time:
John bap. 12 March 1797;
Elizabeth, bap. 16 January 1799;
Mary bap. 8 June 1804.
All three baptisms took place at St George the Martyr church, Surrey, England.
Maybe Hannah died after the birth of William in 1808, and her husband re-married her sister, Mary?
Was Henry, the son of William and Mary Mawbey (nee Billings), in Tasmania in the 1830s because his younger brother, Joseph (aka John) was there as a convict?
Was Henry in fact Joseph, having changed his name because he was an escaped convict?
Too far fetched.
Judging by Hobart newspaper reports of Joseph's two court appearances there, he was about 10 in January 1835, indicating he was born c.1825.
Henry married in Melbourne in November 1842.
If he was aged around 20 then, he was born c.1822.
The other Tasmanian Mawbey convict, John Mawbey, did not arrive until 1842.
A John Mawbey sailed from Launceston to Melbourne on the Yarra Yarra in 1852.
Which one was he?