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.