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: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article24830445]
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.