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Friday, January 27, 2012


The Australian descendent of Lawrence Mawby, horse dealer, has kindly sent me more information about him and his family, taken from the 1861 English Census.
At that time, they were living at his birthplace, Bourne in Lincolnshire.
Lawrence was 38, farmer, without occupation (unemployed?).
His wife, Ann, 34, is recorded as having been born in 'Sidney' Australia.
Their two eldest girls, Sarah and Mary Ann, are not listed because they are away at school.
The other children were: Robert, 9; Emily, 7; Lawrence, 4; and Edward, 2; Lucy, 4 mths(?).
Robert, Emily and Lawrence are recorded as having been born in Wellington, New Zealand.
The two youngest children, Edward and Lucy, were born at Bourne, Lincolnshire, England.
Robert and Emily were listed as 'scholars'.
There was also a servant in the household, aged 16, from Bourne.
Lawrence's descendent tells me that Lawrence Mawby came back to Australia, and, it appears, settled in Queensland.
This explains the land grants to Robert and Lawrence.
New settlers were entitled to free land for their children.
I will have to look at the shipping records for ships arriving at Moreton Bay from England.
Moreton Bay was the penal colony that was established in what is now Queensland in 1825.
So Lawrence Mawby, horse dealer, does appear to be the Queensland Mawby forbear after all!