George Edward, son of George Edward and Mary (née Young) Southey, was born on 26 May 1819 at Blackheath, Kent, England.
In 1848 he married Catherine née Bowden and had the following children:
George Edward — born 1850, married Elizabeth Allan
Samuel Bowden — born 1853, married Maud Marie Rabling, died 1913 at Collingwood
Sidney Hiram — born 1854, married Georgina Bannerman Forsyth, died 13 January 1892 at Port Melbourne
Catherine Amanda — born 1856, died 1857 aged 17 months
Catherine, who was born in 1818 died in 1856.
George subsequently married Catherine's sister Mary in England and together with their son, Sydney, they arrived in Port Phillip in February 1859 aboard the Suffolk. They had the following children after arriving:
Clara Eliza — born 1859 in Geelong
Frances Amanda — born 1861, married James Sturman Taylor
Magdaline Jane — born 1863, died 22 April 1865 at the age of 1 year, buried in the Church of England section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
A couple of years after George's death Mary re married Joseph Dibbs Mowbray.
In 1853, George became the first licensee of the Geelong Hotel, a hotel which had a number of name changes. In 1860 it was named the Geelong Family Hotel, a name that lasted for only a year. In 1878 it was called Southey's Hotel, but that also lasted only a year. At some time in the 20th century it became known as the Corio Hotel. Recently, after a renovation the name was changed back to The Geelong Hotel.
The family lived at Amanda Villa in Bonsey Road, Highton. It was erected in 1854-1857 as a 5 room Georgian stone colonial building. Later the house became known as Aringa and the present address is 5 Aringa Avenue.
George was a South Barwon Shire councillor, serving from 1862-1867.
George died on 22 July 1867 and was buried in the Church of England section at the Geelong Western Cemetery with his first wife Catherine and daughters Magdeline Jane and Catherine Amanda. His long funeral cortege had an imposing effect and the majority of businesses on the route were closed. The mayors and a number of councillors of Geelong and South Barwon as well as many of the leading tradesmen and vine growers of the town and district followed the deceased to the grave.
Mary married Joseph Dibbs Mowbray on 20 May 1869 at Wesley Church in Melbourne. Joseph was the first head master of Ashby State School (now Geelong West Primary School).
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