Facts and events
|Marriage|| December 12, 1832|
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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."