I also have realtives from Bega one of who seems to be a John Whitby married to Mary Bacon in 1839 Sydney.John was born in Englandwas a framer and seems as though he wasborn in 1802. He had a big family the edlest of which is Susan who was17 in 1858. Sounds the right age??
This some how links to a George Whitby born 1890/1 Bombala NSW (my grand father) who married in 1912 to Sarah Hillard 1888-1926 from Surrey (Southwark England). Georges father was Edward Whitby mother Margaret Scanes.
No idea how why or when John Whitby came to Oz. But I'm currently on the case. Any other info would be greatly appreciated.