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The books listed below provide valuable background reading to the early days of Australia, and illustrate the conditions under which various branches of the Mawbey family lived.

A Short History of Australia (1963) by Manning Clark, A Mentor Book, The New American Library, New York and Toronto and The New English Library Limited, London.

A History of Queensland (2007) by Raymond Evans, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne.

The Fatal Shore (1987) by Robert Hughes, Collins Harvill, Great Britain.

The Commonwealth of Thieves - The Sydney Experiment (2005), by Tom Keneally, Random House, North Sydney.