Summary of how the Wawn's arrived in Australia
The Australian branch of the Wawn family was started (as far as can be ascertained) by four brothers who emigrated from Ireland in the 1860's from 'Tullyard', Co Tyrone, (Nth) Ireland. They all settled in the 'Brighton' area in Melbourne. They were:
i. JOHN JAMES WAWN, b. circa 1847, Tullyard, Co Tyrone, N Ireland; d. 12 May 1874, Brighton, Vic.
ii. WILLIAM WAWN, b. circa 1857, Co Tyrone, N Ireland; d. 1937, Melbourne, Vic.
iii. ROBERT WAWN, b. circa 1843, Tullyard, Co Tyrone, N Ireland; d. 21 September 1927, Woollahra, NSW.
iv. ALEXANDER WAWN, b. circa 1841, Tullyard, Co Tyrone, N Ireland.
There were also another 6 children:
v. HAMILTON WAWN
vi. SARAH JANE WAWN + John LOWRIE
vii. MARY ANN WAWN
viii. LINDSAY WAWN
ix. ANNIE WAWN - 1928 + David WEIR
x. Mary WAWN - 1863 + John SHILLIDAY (m 1880)
Their parents were:
ROBERT WAWN Occupation: 1874, Farmer (Parents were Alexander WANN / Jean LINDSAY)
MARY JANE MURRAY (might be Mary Ann Murry)
John James Wawn sailed out from Liverpool, UK on the 'Donald Mackay' arriving in Melbourne in Nov 1867. We also know that William sailed on the
SS Lincolnshire , arriving in Melbourne in Apr 1866 (he was only 9 years old ... so was he alone ?). How Robert and Alexander got to Melbourne is not known.
I have records of some Wawn's from outside this group who settled in Australia, but so far have not been able to trace back who they were. They were probably from the original Yorkshire/Durham clan. All of the Australian Wawn's who have recently been in touch with each other descend from the four brothers above.
As far as we know, there are no Wawn's left in Ireland. There have been no births of Wawn since 1922 (the date that indexes started).