Matthew Medway was born in Swanage, Dorsetshire, England, on 13 April 1818; he arrived in Sydney in about 1854. He lived at ‘Cambrian’ on Laura Street, Camdenville, Newtown. His wife Elizabeth died in July 1881. Their daughter Elizabeth was married to Rowland Pawley in 1862 and one of their sons was Medway (Tom) Pawley.
In December 1882 he married for a second time to Catherine Robinson at his home in Laura Street. In March 1891, an ‘elderly woman’ named Mrs Fraser was fined 5s or 21 days at Newtown Court for assaulting Matthew Medway. He died at home on 23 October 1892 aged 74.
In 1871 Matthew Medway was the Worshipful Master of the Cambrian Lodge of Freemasons, No. 656 EC. In 1880 he was on the Newtown Committee to support the return of John Young to Parliament.
Local government service
Matthew Medway was elected to Newtown Council in September 1886 for new ward of Camden when Enmore Ward was split. He was an active member of the Works Committee and died while still in office.
‘Family Notices’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 October 1892, p. 1 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13884195
The Sydney Mail and NSW Advertiser, 23 March 1872, p. 369 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page16528083