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Friday, January 29, 2010


George Mawbey (III) was living with his aunt and uncle, Sarah and John Thomas Mawbey, and their children at Breelong when the murders occurred.
He had moved there from his parents' home in inner Sydney for health reasons.
Meantime, Sarah and John's eldest boy, John Thomas II (Jack) was staying with George (III)'s parents at their home at Anne Street, Surry Hills.
Jack had gone to the city to try and enlist to go to the Boer War.
He had succeeded, but his regiment was subseqently disbanded and he never went to South Africa.

George (III)'s father, George (II), had married Nellie SMITH at Petersham, Sydney in 1885.
They had four children as far as I have been able to ascertain, two girls and a boy.
The only son, George (III) was born in 1887, and was 13 when he escaped being murdered at Breelong by hiding under a bed.

George (II), like his father, George (I), was also involved in a court case.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald of 23 August 1894, a George Mawbey of Anne Street, Surry Hills, was fined for cruelty for his horse which he was forcing to work when it was lame.
He was successfully prosecuted by an inspector for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and fined.
George (II) would have been aged 36 at the time.

George (II)'s only son, George (III), appears to have remained a bachelor with no issue, but I need to do more research on him.

It now appear that George (II) took his wife and family to live near Little Hartley on the way to Lithgow.
They lived at the Rose Inn which was later run as a guest house by one of his daughters, Violet, and his son George (III) who went by the name of 'Jack'.
It was common practice in those days for the eldest son to be named after his father.
So to avoid confusion, the son was called 'Jack'.