A brickmaker aged 18, he arrived in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the Candahar on 21 July 1842.
He was transported from Spithead on 2 April 1842 [OAT; QSR says 26 March 1842], arriving at Hobart Town on 21 July 1842.
His description: Trade, Brickmaker; Height (without shoes), 5ft 11 inches; Age 18; Complexion - fresh; Head - oval; Hair - black; Whiskers - none; Visage - round; Forehead - loco ?; Eyebrows - black; Eyes - ditto; nose - small; Mouth - ditto; chin, broad; native place, Northampton.
Remarks (tatoos) - freckled sailor with flag bottle and glass J + MJ + H on ... arm; woman holding flower E x MM+B on left arm. [Source: Tasmanian Archives] SEE ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN DESCRIPTION (page 226 of log book) via TAKE A LOOK LINKS @ TasArchives-MAWBY
Colonial Times, Hobart, Tuesday 7 October 1856
Monday 6 October. Thomas Dobson and JOHN MAWBY were placed on trial for the burglary at the house of Morton Allport, on the night of 25th August. They pleaded not guilty. Mr Brewer appeared for the prisoner, MAWBY. Witness Mrs Allport deposed she saw MAWBY whilst sitting at a window seeking employment as a sweep with her servant. She also saw him 'surveying with apparent interest' the area of the house where the break-in occurred. On 27 August, MAWBY pawned an overcoat at a pawnbroker in Argyle-street in the name of Smith. Next day he went back and pawned a hat in the name of MAWBY.
An alibi for MAWBY was provided by Samuel Barker, of New Town, a brickmaker, who had known the defendant for nine years. He claimed MAWBY had been at home at the time of the alleged burglary. The jury found MAWBY guilty.
If this is the transported convict, JOHN MAWBY, also a brickmaker, he was aged 32 at the time of this indictment.The Mercury, Hobart, Monday 20 July 1908
Shooting Accident. Young man injured. Zeehan July 19. A gun accident of a rather serious nature occured at Mount Farrell today to a young man named JOSEPH MAWBY...
Spithead is a body of seawater between Portsmouth on the southern coast of England and the Isle of Wight.