Sunday, December 18, 2011

In the newsapaper report of his being sentenced to death (see previous post), his surname is spelt 'MOWERBY'.
This was probably how the journalist covering the story thought it was spelled based on pronunciation he heard of the name.
In the New South Wales Australia Convict Death Register 1826-1879, it is spelled MORBY. [Source: State Records Authority of NSW, Series 12213, SR Reel 690)
And his record of death in the NSW Birth Deaths and Marriages register, it is MORBEY.