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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, Thursday 20 April 1950
Big pines market
Queensland tinned pineapples were now sold in almost every major country of the world, the manager of the Committee of Direction of Fruit Marketing's Northgate Cannery (Mr. W. A. Mawbey) told the Queensland Cooperative Union congress yesterday.
The C.O.D., he said, had been the biggest factor in developing the industry in the State.
[Source: NLA49735829]


The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, Wednesday 4 June 1930
Mr. Henry T. Mawbey (Woombye), a member of the pineapple section of the Committee of Direction of Fruit Marketing, leaves for England to-day by the Moldavia, accompanied by Mrs. Mawbey and their two sons and daughter.
Mr. Mawbey will be absent from Queensland for about 12 months, during which time he will make inquiries into European and English outlets for Queensland fruits.
[Source: NLA21535481]


The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, Tuesday 5 November 1946
QUEENSLAND'S £330,000 grower-controlled pineapple cannery, being erected for the Committee of Direction of Fruit Marketing, may be in production in February.
The manager of the Pineapple Sectional Group Committee (Mr. W. A. Mawbey) said yesterday that work was progressing rapidly.
The plant should be in production from the middle of February, in time to cope with the 1947 summer crop, which provided the season's main pack of canned pineapples.
Work on processing section was being pushed ahead as quickly as possible.
The remaining buildings and installations should be completed by next June.
Mr. Mawbey indicated that financial arrangements for the project assured its successful establishment.
He said that growers already had committed themselves to the redemption of £118,000 over a period of years, of the £330,000 required for buildings and plant.
The rest of the finance would be provided by the C.O.D. through debentures authorised by the Australian Loan Council.
First products from the enter prise would be sliced pineapples and tropical fruit salad (pine apples, papaws, bananas, and passionfruit).
When operating fully the factory would process all other varieties of Queensland fruits.
Mr. Mawbey estimated that, with the increased pineapple plantings of the last two years and heavy plantings now being made, there seemed little doubt, that about 1,200,000 cases annually would be available for processing, as against 750,000 to 800,000 cases in past years.
[Source: NLA49360340]


Picture of members of the [Queensland] Pineapple Sectional Group Committee
The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, Friday 8 November 1929
Henry Thomas Mawbey is front row, far left

The Brisbane Courier, Monday 4 April 1932
Seven Nominated. Murrumba Plebiscite.
Nominations for the Murrumba plebiscite closed on Saturday when seven dandidates offered themselves for selection in the interest of the Country and Progressive National Party, at the coming election.
The nominations are - ... Henry Thomas Mawbey.
The candidates will address a series of meetings, commencing at Maleny today, on Tuesday at Woonbye, Wednesday Palmwoods, Thursday Maroochydore, Friday Redcliffe, Saturday Caboolture and Monday April 11 at Petrie.
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On Saturday 13 August 1859, The Sydney Morning Herald reported the death of John Evan Mawbey, 42 (b.c.1817), a compositor on the London Times at the Parramatta River.
No death certificate appears to have been lodged for him with what is today NSW Births Deaths Marriages.
Nor is there is any record of an inquest.
Recently I was contacted via email by a Mawbey in England who appears to be related to him.
The men in his family were printers at the London Times and John Evan Mawbey may have been their nephew and cousin.
This still has to be confirmed.
This Mawbey in England also knew about a Henry Evan Mawbey, married 1874 at St Saviour, Southwark, London (Surrey), who was his great great uncle.
Coincidentally, this was the name of the father of the first Mawbey in Queensland, Henry Thomas Mawbey, who arrived in 1921 and became a politician and pineapple grower at Nambour.
It's so exciting when more pieces of the family history jigsaw come to light!