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Monday, October 17, 2011


While looking at, I found a Mawbey in Darlinghurst Gaol, in November 1865.
His name was EDMUND MAWBEY, seaman, born in Rugby, Warwickshire, England, aged 35.
He was imprisoned in November the same year he arrived in Sydney, but I have yet to find out what crime he committed.
There is no photo of him because the procedure of photographing convicts did not start until 10 years later in 1875.
But the gaol Entrance Books do say he had blue eyes and black hair.
Update 21-12-11

The Empire Monday 17 April 1865
(Before the Water Police Magistrate.)
Jane Wilkinson, aged 29, described as a domestic servant, was brought up for protection.
From the evidence it appeared that the prisoner, on Thursday night last, threw herself into the water from the pier near the battery at Fort Macquarie and but for the timely aid of Edmund Mawbey, ship's corporal, of H.M.S. Curacoa, she would inevitably have lost her life.
The woman had been carried into the stream fully thirty yards when Mawbey plunged in to her rescue. She was slightly under the influence of liquor when she was given into custody.
The Water Police Magistrate complimented Mawbey for his gallant conduct.
The prisoner was remanded for a week for medical treatment.
Update 2-2-12
Edmund Mawbey had been awarded the New Zealand Medal for his service in the First and Second Maori Wars (1845-47; 1860-66) as a S. Corporal. [Source:, UK Naval & Award Rolls, 1893-1972]
According to the 1851 English Census, he was living with his parents and younger sister in the parish of Newbold-on-Avon at that time.
His father 'Edmunds Murbey' was 43, mother Mary, 46 and sister Elizabeth 13.
Edmund Jnr was 20.
He was born in 1831 and died in April 1906 at Congleton, Cheshire, aged 75.