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.