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Friday, January 27, 2012

GEORGE MAWBEY, TINMAN

I hit paydirt again today in my research at the Mitchell Library, Sydney, finding a new piece of information about George Mawbey I.
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In the New South Wales and Port Phillip General Post Office directory for 1839, he is listed as a 'tinman' at George street north, Sydney (p.110).
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When he married in July 1838, he was a publican, holding a licence for the Hope and Anchor in Pitt street.
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Prior to that he had been a clerk for an ironmonger in King street.
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In 1839 he went to South Australia where he set up Refreshment Rooms in Adelaide's commercial district.
It would appear he was trying to go 'upmarket', to live a more refined lifestyle in the new, convict-free province, than he had led in New South Wales.
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I want to find out what type of work he did in England before coming to the colony.