Saturday, March 22, 2014


This information was kindly given to me by a descendant of Emma Thomas who married William Mawby at Boulder, WA, in 1910.

Kalgoorlie Miner, 22 December 1900
For sale or hire, during holidays, new Flying Scotchman bicycles. Apply J H Mawby, McDonald-street, near Boulder-road.

Kalgoorlie Miner, 14 February 1901
For sale, new Flying Scotchman bicycle, 26in. frame, at cost price, a splendid bicycle; also a second-hand Lady's and Gent's, cheap. Mrs Mawby, McDonald-street, near Boulder-road.

Kalgoorlie Miner, 18 February 1901
Half-ton new iron, 9ft and 10ft, also blacksmith's bellows, anvil and water tue-iron. Mrs Mawby, McDonald-street, near Boulder-road.

Kalgoorlie Miner, 11 March 1919
Mr Mawby, 186a Burt-street, Boulder, advertised for return of lost dog.

The Daily News Perth, 9 February 1929
Iron and Hessian Home no Good to Wife. Sequel in City Court.
His drunken habits making it impossible for her to live with him any longer, Emma Mawby left her husband, William George Mawby, three years ago.
For three months, he continued to pay maintenance, but since then has contributed practically nothing towards her upkeep, stated Mrs Mawby yesterday afternoon, when she brought her troubles before Mr A B Kidson, PM and Mr J Mather, JP in the City Court.
Through her counsel, Mr L D Seaton, she applied for legal separation, and an order for future maintenance.
Mawby was defended by Mr O'Dea.
When giving her evidence, Mrs Mawby declared that when at Boulder eight months ago, she instituted similar proceedings to those current, against her husband. The Bench dismissed the case because Mawby promised, in Court, that he would maintain her properly in future.
After the case, he took her out to a spot in the bush where there was erected an iron and hessian cottage.
"Is this a home?" she asked, and her fears were confirmed when he replied that it was.
"If you don't like, well you know what to do?" he added significantly.
Taking the cue, she left him again.
"It's all caused through his drinking habits," she declared unhappily.
Mawby, giving his evidence, practically corroborated the story told by his wife, but did not admit having been negligent towards her maintenance in any way.
At the conclusion of evidence, the Bench announced that Mawby would have to pay 20s a week future maintenance, and 45s costs.
No order as to separation was made.

Kalgoorlie Miner, 3 March 1934
MAWBY. The friends of Mrs Emma Mawby, William George and Clodah Mawby, Mrs Kernaghan, Mrs B Compton, Mr and Mrs W Thomas, Mr and Ms J Thomas and Harry Thomas, and Mrs F Walton, Mr and Mrs Yates are respectfully informed that the remains of their late beloved husband, father and brother-in-law and uncle, respectively (William George) will be removed from I W Goss and Co's establishment, at 4 o'clock THIS DAY (Saturday), for interment in the Church of England portion of the Boulder Cemetery. I W Goss and Co., Undertakers.

MAWBY. AWU Mining Branch. Members of the above Union are requested to attend the funeral of our late comrade, William Mawby. Funeral to leave I W Goss and Co's establishment at 4 o'clock THIS DAY, for the Boulder Cemetery. J L Triat, Secretary.

MAWBY. Citizens of the Goldfields who came from Daylesford, Victoria, are requested to follow the remains of their esteemed friend, Bill Mawby, to the place of interment, the Boulder Cemetery. Funeral to leave I W Goss and Co's establishment at 4 o'clock THIS DAY (Saturday). Dave Power. Dick Haynes.

MAWBY. Boulder City F C [Football Club?]. Members and players are requested to attend the funeral of our late member, W Mawby, father of player W Mawby. Cortege to leave I W Goss and Co's establishment at 4 o'clock THIS DAY, for the Boulder Cemetery. W F Bingley, President; A Huxtable, Secretary.

MAWBY. Boulder Mines Band. Members of the Boulder Mines and Kalgoorlie Bands are requested to attend the funeral of our late member, William George Mawby. Funeral to leave I W Goss and Co's establishment at 4 o'clock THIS DAY (Saturday) for interment in the Boulder Cemetery. (Bring instruments.) R N Wood and A Johns, Secretaries.

Western Argus, Kalgoorlie, 6 March 1934
Death of W Mawby. At the age of 55 years, William Mawby, member of the Boulder Brass Band and a well known and popular identity on the goldfields, passed away at the Kalgoorlie Government Hospital at 2.30 o'clock on Friday afternoon.
The deceased recently accompanied the Kalgoorlie Band to Perth for the contests, and while there became ill.
He had been property manager of every band that had left the district.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


The Perth Gazette, Friday 3 November 1871
Family Notices. Died. CLIFTON. On October 29th, at Leschenault, near Bunbury, after a lingering illness, aged 55, Annette Josephine Mawbey. The beloved wife of W Pearce Clifton, Esq., resident magistrate. Youngest daughter of the late Rev.W. Heut of Idlicot, Worcestershire. 

Friday, June 22, 2012


The art and sport of roller skating was very popular in Australia during World War I, and Daphne Mawbey was one of the local darlings of the rink.
One of her first public performances, at age 14, was made at the Sydney Hospital centenary celebration held at the Exhibition Building in November 1911.
There she won the title of Best Waltzer.
In July 1914, she was doing demonstrations of fancy skating at the Royal Roller Rink at the Agricultural Grounds in Sydney.
This rink was the largest in Australia with a 60,000 sq ft skating surface.
In March 1917, Daphne Mawbey was demonstrating 'her power over the wheels' on opening night of the Centennial Rink in Perth.
An article in The Daily News, Perth on Friday 30 March 1917 said Daphne was the professional figure skating champion of Australia.
In August 1917, she was featured in a large advertisement in the Western Mail newspaper in Perth for Hean's Essence, a treatment for coughs and colds.
The ad described her as 'Australia's Premier Lady Roller Skater'.
Daphne Mawbey b.1897 was the second youngest of the seven children of George Mawbey (2), the younger brother of John Thomas Mawbey whose wife and three of their children were murdered by Aboriginals in 1900.

Saturday, March 17, 2012


Sunday Times, Perth, Sunday 6 January 1918
That pretty Sydney girl who charmed the youth of Perth during the skating season has gone back East, but she left her heart in this State. Our Sydney namesake announces the engagement of Miss Daphne Mawbey, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Mawbey, Kensington to Mr. William Shade, youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Shade, of W.A. Mr. Shade (may it never grow less) is a returned soldier.
[Source: NLA 57988476]
Daphne's father, George Mawbey, was the younger brother of the man whose wife and three children were murdered by the Aboriginal outlaw, Jimmy Governor, and others at Breelong, NSW in July 1901.
Her brother, George Jnr, was staying with his uncle at Breelong, and escaped being murdered by hiding under a bed.
Daphne, b. 1897, ended up marrying William Allen at Randwick, Sydney in 1920 when she was 23.

Friday, January 27, 2012


Alice Mawbey was the older sister of John Thomas Mawbey whose wife and three of their children were brutally murdered by part-Aboriginal man, Jimmy Governor, at Breelong, NSW, in July 1900.
She was born in Petersham, Sydney in 1845, the third child of George and Ann Mawbey (nee Williams) who married in Sydney in 1838.
In 1871 Alice married Frederick Smith at Petersham in Sydney, NSW.
She died in Perth Public Hospital during the week ended 25 October 1917 aged 72.
The West Australian, Perth, Friday, 7 August 1903
SMITH.—The Friends of the late Mr. Frederick Smith (late wholesale fruiterer, Victoria) are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the Church of England portion of the Fremantle Cemetery. The Funeral is appointed to leave his late residence, South-terrace, Fremantle, SATURDAY MORNING, the 8th inst., at 10.30 o'clock. [Source:]
Children of Frederick and Alice Smith (nee Mawbey), all born in NSW:
  1. Melville b.1872
  2. Percival Charles b.1873
  3. Albert E b.1875
  4. Lilian G b.1876
  5. Gertrude b.1878
  6. Walter Cyril b.1879
  7. Harvey Frederick b.1901
  8. Clarice b.1882
  9. Daisy b.1887
Melville died 1895 at age 23 in Melbourne of phthisis (tuberculosis) and exhaustion. At the time he was living in the family home at  273 Sydney Road, Royal Park.
Eight years later in 1903 his father died in Fremantle near Perth, Western Australia.
His mother died in Perth in 1917.

Friday, December 16, 2011

That branch of the family spelt MAWBY predominates over MAWBEY in Western Australia.
There is only one entry for MAWBEY in the WA index of births, deaths and marriages.
This was for a marriage betweeen WILLIAM MAWBEY and EMMA THOMAS at Boulder in 1910.
The Perth Gazette, 3 and 10 November 1871
Family Notices. Died. Clifton. On Oct. 29th, at Leschenault, near Bunbury, after a lingering illness, aged 55, ANNETTE JOSEPHINE MAWBEY, the beloved wife of W. Pearce Clifton, Esq, Resident Magistrate, youngest daughter of the late Rev. W. Huet of Idlicot, Worcestershire.
A daughter of my first paternal ancestor who came to Australia, GEORGE MAWBEY, died in Perth.
She was ALICE, his third child and first daughter, who was named after her maternal grandmother.