Mary Edwards, my paternal grandmother, has been left out of all books published so far about the Mawbey murders by Aboriginals at Breelong in 1900.
She was the school teacher between Misses Squires and Kerz, and was there in 1899.
Jimmy and Ethel Governor were still living in Gulgong then.
Mary was born in Yass on 23 June 1875 (the same year as Jimmy Governor) to James and Sarah Jane Edwards (nee Tucker).
In 1902, at age 27, she married John Thomas Mawbey Jnr, 22, the eldest son of John and Sarah Mawbey of Breelong, in Sydney.
He was born in 1880 in Mudgee.
They had met while she was teaching his younger siblings at Breelong.
Unlike Misses Squires and Kerz, she did not live in the Mawbey household while she was there.
Maybe she had been advised by the Department of Public Education not to do so because of complaints by other teachers about Mrs Mawbey being difficult to live with.
Her two siblings were Herbert William Edwards, b.1880 at Gundagai, and Walter David Edwards, b.1882 at Narrandera.
Mary Ann's mother, Sarah Tucker, was the daughter of a convict, James Tucker.
He married a young woman born in the colony, Mary Ann Bruce, at St John's Church of England, Parramatta on 4 February 1828.
James (bond) was 22, and Mary Ann (free), 18.
They married by banns with the permission of the chief British official of the colony, Governor Bourke.
The minister who married them by banns was the Reverend Samuel Marsden.
Their witnesses were Joseph and Hannah Booth of Parramatta.
According to Queensland Library convict database, James Tucker was convicted at Gloucester Assizes and sentenced to 7 years transportation on 3 April 1822.
He left England on the Princess Royal on 28 September 1822 destined for the penal colony of New South Wales.
There is no record of him in the Tasmanian Archives convict database.