Sunday, December 18, 2011


I haven't posted on this site for three months because my seven-year-old Hewlett Packard Compaq computer, an extension of my brain, died.
I've finally managed to replace it with a HP Mini, but it is not as fast or as sophisticated, so I'll still have to get a better one.
[19-12-11 I'm really happy with my baby computer now!]

Meantime I've been looking at JOSEPH MOORBEE (aka MORBY/MORBEY/MOWERBY and alias NUTTALL), a convict sentenced to life in Australia in 1822, and executed at Campbell Town, south of Sydney, six years later.
Could he be connected to GEORGE MAWBEY, my first known paternal ancestor to set foot on Australian soil at a time and place still yet unknown?

Queensland Archives has an online record of him but Tasmanian Archives does not.
The former says Joseph MORBY was convicted at Lancaster Quarter Sessions for a term of life on 8 September 1821.
He was transported on the Eliza which left England on 13 July 1822 and arrived in Port Jackson (Sydney Town) on 26 November 1822.
Thereafter he appears to have been assigned to Parramatta and thence to the Hawkesbury and thence to John McArthur's pastoral property at Airds, south of Sydney Town.
He was aged 30 when he was executed at nearby Campbell Town on 8 February 1830.
His trial would have been held in an former 'Hammond Inn' which was converted to a court house in 1827.
The present imposing Campbelltown Courthouse was built on the same site in 1886.

I have already mentioned JOSEPH 'MORBEY' in the following addendum to my post of Monday 8 February 2010:
Joseph MORBEY and Thomas Beasley, stealing goods at Airds 23-1-1830 and at Cooke 25-1-1830; assault at Cooke 21-1-1830. Tried before Supreme Court on circuit at Campbell Town.