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?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


The Register, Adelaide, Monday 6 July 1925
Mr. Harry Mawbey, who died on Friday morning at a private hospital, would have been aged 80 years had he lived until July 19 (writes The Argus). [b.1845]
Born at Brighton, he was the son of an early settler, who conducted a butchering business in King street, and who laid out the first racecourse in Melbourne, on the side of Batman's Hill.  
Mr Harry Mawbey became associated with racing and hunting at an early age, and became known as a skilful and daring horseman.
Among his contemporaries, both on the flat and in cross-country riding, were Adam Lindsay Gordon, the Powers, Hunters, Filgates, Chirsides, Sir John and Sir Frank Madden, Norman Wilson, A. T. Creswick, and George Watson.
Mr. Mawbey was a successful rider, and one of his successes, of which he often spoke, was a point-to-point steeplechase from a point where Ascot racecourse now is to Maribyrnong, on Canary.
He was also successful over the then very formidable fences at Flemington. Associated with the stock and station business all his life, Mr. Mawbey was for many years connected with the firm of King, Sons and Ballantine, and in late years he was the oldest auctioneer in the Newmarket saleyards.
Mr. Mawbey leaves a wife, two sons, and two daughters.
One of the sons is Mr. John Mawbey, who was a noted amateur cross-country rider a few years ago, and is now in the Indian horse trade.

Monday, December 26, 2011


Allan, Barker, Brown, Cameron, Campbell, Candy, Darlot, de Villenfagne de Vogelsanck, Edols, Henderson, Jessep, McDonald, Marriner, Maxwell, Milford, Parker, Ritchie, Sabine, Salmon, Smith, Soden, Thomson, Wallace-Dunlop, Ward.


I have recently been contacted by a great granddaughter of Harry Mawbey, a member of the Victorian Mawbeys branch of the family, and a son of its founder, Henry Mawbey.who told me he had won the Master's Cup in Melbourne in 1868.
The horse he was riding was called Canary.
I am very grateful to her for bringing her great grandfather to my attention and for giving me these photos to use on my Mawbey Family Australia family history blog.

The Master's Cup 1868
won by Harry Mawbey on Canary
The Master's Cup
won by Canary ridden by Mr H Mawbey Jnr
Oct 1868

Sunday, December 25, 2011


The Argus, Melbourne, Tuesday 10 September 1895
Warrnambool. Saturday Evening.
A telegram was received here this morning stating that Mr Henry MAWBEY had died at his son's residence in Melbourne.
The deceased gentleman was one of the early colonists, and was associated with Batman and others were among the first arrivals.
He landed in Tasmania when a lad, and eventually found his way to Melbourne in the forties.
At that time he was a good amateur rider, and followed the hounds in Melbourne for many years.  
HENRY MAWBEY married SARAH CANDY in Melbourne on 2 November 1842.
A CANDY family historian has kindly given me their family tree (see HENRY MAWBEY FAMILY TREE in sidebar of this blog).