I only just found your original message of Feb 2011 a few weeks ago and have been meaning to reply. Unfortunately gg grandfather George Ewen took to the drink and spent twelve months in Pentridge 1867. I found his gaol record which said he came out in the Six Sisters and thus found your original message. His son George William Ewen went the opposite direction becoming a pillar of the Rechabite movement and the Presbyterian Church in Brunswick and was a successful building contractor. The family never mentioned anything about George Ewen and I assume he must have deserted his family in the 1860's.
I would be pleased to find out any more information you have on the Six Sisters. I have all the Australian Ewen family tree and a bit in Norfolk England done.
1841 Freebridge Lynn, Castle Rising?
1851, Barney, Norfolk
Union Road, Brunswick
35 years in Victoria
Argus, 4 March, 1858:
VICTORIA INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY,
Awards made by the Judges of the wares shown at the Exhibition of this Society,held February, 1858:
POTTERY. To Hlrschi and Lenni, potters, Castlemaine, for various samples ot colonial earthenware, manufactured and exhibited by them, - Gold medal.
To William Gray, brickmaker, Phlllipstown, for samples of red common bricks : for samples of white fire bricks, - Large silver medal.
To John Hodges, Royal brickfield, Brunswick, for samples of sand stock bricks, - Silver medal.
To Edward Williams, Royal brickfield, Brunswick, for samples of red bricks, - Silver medal.
To George Ewen, Philllpstown, for samples of red bricks, - Silver medal.
Argus 17 June 1867:
BRUNSWICK.-Before the mayor and Dr. Talbot, on Friday morning, George Ewen, a tall and powerfully-built man, who has been confined several times as a dangerous lunatic from excessive drinking, was charged with drunkenness and obscenity. He was found by the police in a state of comparative nudity, and conducting himself in an outrageous manner. He was sentenced for the first offence to fourteen days’, and for the second charge to twelve months’ imprisonment.
North Melbourne Advertiser 26 November 1875:
BRUNSWICK POLICE COURT. WEDNESDAY, 17TH November, Before C. E. Strutt. P. M. Fleming and Dr. Talbot, J.P's. Borough Inspector v James Delaney, allowing three head of cattle to wandor; fined ls with 5s 6d costs. Same v Charles Baer, allowing a horse to wander; flood 2s 1d and 9s costs. Constable McKenzie v William Hopkins, drunk and disorderly; fined 5s and 2s 6d costs. Same v John Bone, drunk and disorderly, fined 2s 6d and 2s 6d costs. Same v George Ewen, drunk and disorderly; discharged with a caution.
North Melbourne Advertiser 11 February 1876:
BRUNSWICK POLICE COURT. WEDNESDAY, 2ND FEBRURY. (Before Messers. Fleming, Strutt and Talbot, J.P's.) Thomas Allum was proceeded against for committing a breach of the peace, and fined 5s and 2s 6d costs. For the same offence, Alexander Andrews was fined 5s and 2s 6d costs, in default 24 hours' imprisonment. He was also charged with encouraging dogs to fight, and was fined 2s 6d, and 2s 6d costs, in default he was sent to gaol for 24 hours. Drunk and Disorderly. - George Ewen was fined 5s and 26s costs, or in default 48 hours' imprisonment. Defendant did not appear.
Argus 11 May 1885:
CASUALTIES AND OFFENCES.
A serious accident happened on Saturday night to an old man named George Ewen, aged 60 years, who lives in a hut on the edge of a clayhole owned by Barnes and Stroud, brickmakers, of Barkly-street, Brunswick. While in a state of intoxication he entered the brickyard with the intention of going to his hut, but took a wrong turn in the darkness and fell down the clayhole a distance of fully 60ft. He lay there until 7 o clock on Sunday morning, when he was discovered by a man named Baird, who was attracted by his moanings. Assistance was procured, and Ewen, who had his left arm and right leg broken, besides being much cut about the head and body, was taken to the Hospital. (Barnes was his brother-in-law.)