The other boys, DAVID, ALFRED and JAMES, died before reaching adulthood.
JOHN THOMAS grew up in Mudgee where his father is said to have gone after gold was discovered there to set up a store to sell goods to the miners.
It was there that JOHN THOMAS MAWBEY married SARAH ANN MARIA CLARK in 1875.
They were my great-grandparents.
JOHN was born in 1849 in the farming district of Dural near Castle Hill, 31 km north-west of Sydney.
SARAH was born in Castlereagh, a rich farming area in the Hawkesbury district, about 55 km north-west of Sydney near the town of Penrith.
They were a handsome young couple as a photo of them in a later post shows.
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There as well as growing wheat, he was the local publican and postmaster.
The inn where he and his wife and growing family originally lived was used as a staging post for Cobb and Co coaches.JOHN THOMAS (known as JOHN) and SARAH had nine children - seven boys and two girls:
1882 Reginald George b. 31 March, Mudgee
1884 Grace b. 24 May, Mudgee
1885 Percival b. 29 November, Breelong
1889 Hilda May b. 21 March, Breelong
1890 Albert b. 9 November, Breelong
1896 Garnet Lindsay b. 12 April, Breelong
[Source: Mawbey family records]
But all this was to change on that fateful winter's night of Friday 20 July 1900 when tragic events made my family a permanent fixture in the Australian historical landscape when their blood was spilt on the land ..