The Royes family provided carrying services in several goldfield areas of North Queensland. In the late 1860's, Charles Mordaunt Royes (1851-1919) was attracted to the Canoona gold rush near Rockhampton and with his wife, Mary (1856-1941), moved to Ravenswood in 1878 and began a carrying business with bullocks and horses.
With their seven children they went to Georgetown in 1893 and to Mareeba in 1901. Most of the carrying business was plied between Mareeba and Herberton by Charles and his three sons, one of whom was a long-time Mareeba-ite, Druce Royes, who died in the 1970's.
Another son, Herbert (Bert) Royes, married Mary Moody in 1906 and they resided at 76 Walsh Street until their deaths in the early sixties. At the inaugural Mareeba Show in 1907, eleven very creditable entrants for "the neatest and tidiest turn out in single harness" entered the ring, the vehicles being well got up and the horses more than stylish. The "blue" went to Mr H.C. Royes' very pretty chestnut with dog cart, while Dr Savage secured the second.
Bert was a carrier who drove for the Irvinebank Company, drove coaches for Chatfield and was later a guard on the Mareeba-Normanton railway. It is reported that all the train whistles blew long and hard when he finally had a son, George, after six girls.
George (1924-1990) who lived at 77 Walsh Street with his wife, "Paddy" and four offspring, served in the RAAF during World War II and then was the local milkman for twenty-one years until he moved from Mareeba.
Descendants of this family, third, fourth, fifth and sixth generations still living in Mareeba are too numerous to mention individually. Some members of the following families descend from Charles Mordaunt ROYES - Moody, Jones, Moore, Trimble, McFarlane, Pollard, Cetinich, Gear, Brady, Malcolm, Vohland, Martin, Swan and Ballard.
Extract from Street Names of Mareeba. History behind the Names
by Mary Thompson and Lorraine Townsend 1994
Used by permission
NOTE: You will also find a Moody Street in Mareeba. Find it on the map above!