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Tuesday, June 19, 2012


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!