Mid North Coast Pioneers - Newcastle to Lismore and beyond


16 children
Hannah NEWBY
Birth: about 1833 23 17Riby, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: January 4, 1899Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Male PioneerGeorge Brown NEWBY
Birth: about 1834 24 18East Halton, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: June 22, 1908Taree, New South Wales, Australia
Woman Pioneer IconSarah Jane NEWBY
Birth: calculated November 1837 27 22At sea on board the "Alfred"
Death: about March 1838Millers Point, New South Wales, Australia
Sarah Jane NEWBY
Birth: February 9, 1839 29 23Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 28, 1886Taree, New South Wales, Australia
William NEWBY
Birth: December 23, 1840 30 25Taree, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 9, 1902Maclean, New South Wales, Australia
Birth: March 25, 1850 40 34Chatham, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 30, 1924Maclean, New South Wales, Australia
Frederick NEWBY
Birth: between July 7, 1851 and July 10, 1851 41 36Chatham, New South Wales, Australia
Amelia NEWBY
Birth: October 18, 1853 43 38Chatham, New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1939Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia
Birth: about 1854 44 38New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1924Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia

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Family group information
Marriage December 12, 1832
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc, Taree NSW, 2001
Citation details: 203

Patricia Hughes advised in an email:

"There has long been a story that on arrival in Sydney John and Mary went to Norfolk Island with a view to settling there. The story goes that they were not impressed and moved to the Manning River district. I don’t know where this story originated, but it was written in John Ramsland’s book “The Struggle Against Isolation: a History of the Manning Valley” (1987), and has been repeated many times. Research on Norfolk Island has not located any mention of John Newby being there. At the time Norfolk Island was in its second period as a penal colony – there would have been some record of John if in fact he was there. The story is also told that Mary brought two Norfolk Island pines back and they were planted at their property at Chatham. If they were in fact Norfolk Island pines, or even if some other sort of pine, they were probably brought back from New Zealand. More on New Zealand later.

It is certain that John and Mary, and their two sons George and Stephen went to Port Macquarie. Land grant records held in the NSW State Archives record John and Mary as having land dealings at the township of Port Macquarie in January and October 1839. As mentioned in my earlier correspondence, daughter Sarah Jane was born in Port Macquarie on 9 February 1839, and baptised at St Thomas, Port Macquarie on 2 June 1839 Son William was born in Port Macquarie on 23 December 1840.

The fact that they were in New Zealand is never mentioned. We know from her death record that my 2 x Great Grandmother Betsy Newby was born in New Zealand on 12 November 1844. I was sceptical until I found articles which confirmed that they lived in Auckland on New Zealand’s Papers Past website,. I have not been able to locate any authoritative record as to when they arrived. One source puts John Newby settling in Auckland in 1843, but that is all the information there is. The first newspaper article in the Daily Southern Cross, dated 27 May 1843, relates to the opening of a Ten Pin Alley established at the Commercial Hotel. It states: “N.B. – Front Entrance from High-street in the rear of the Commercial Hotel (near Mr. Newby’s Forge)….. “ (My underlining).

Then in the Daily Southern Cross, 26 April 1845 “JOHN NEWBY, General Smith, High-street, - requests that all debts due to him may be paid before the 30th instant…..” and “JOHN WATSON – BLACKSMITH has taken those premises in High-street lately occupied by JOHN NEWBY…..”.

Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters records passengers Mrs Newby and 3 sons and 3 daughters on the 95 tons schooner Terror which sailed from Auckland on 13 April 1845, arriving in Sydney on 27 April. Mr Newby, also sailed on the Terror from Auckland on 16 June 1845, arriving in Sydney on 10 July. Obviously Mary and the children left, leaving John to settle his affairs in Auckland before sailing to join the family."