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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

MAORI PRINCESS

THIS INFORMATION ABOUT THE TUCKER FAMILY CONNECTION MAY NOT BE CORRECT. FURTHER RESEARCH IS BEING DONE.

Received astounding news from New Zealand last Saturday.
My paternal grandmother's great grandmother was a Maori princess.
She died in Sydney around 1810 and her baby daughter was placed in the Orphan School at Parramatta.
When the child grew up she became a servant and married another one, a former convict.
One of their daughters was the mother of my grandmother.
It is truly amazing to be finding out such things at the age of 65.
I had been trying to trace my grandmother's ancestry earlier in this blog, but had lost the trail.
This was because I could not find the birth record of the baby girl.
Everything comes to those who wait - and those who have a blog so other people can find them!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

MY BOOK ALMOST FINISHED

I have almost completed the book I have been working on for the last six months about the extended NSW Mawbey family.
Its subject is the nine siblings of John Thomas Mawbey whose wife and three of his nine children were murdered at the instigation of Aboriginal man, Jimmy Governor, in July 1900.
The book looks at these siblings and the partners and families of those who married, and at the parents and siblings of the murdered woman, Sarah Mawbey.
It provides a clearer picture of who the NSW Mawbey family were, and a social history backdrop to the family tragedy that received international newspaper coverage.