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Six Sisters - Zes Gesusters

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Re: Six Sisters - Zes Gesusters

Posted: 1363060541000
Classification: Immigration
Surnames: Ewen
Hi Liz

You are welcome to use the information on George Ewen. Following is more information on his son George William:

Residence 123 Union Road, Brunswick
1903 Mount Dandenong, Orchardist
1908 120 Park Street, Brunswick
1917 Cowes, Phillip Island

Joined Rechabites in 1868.

Member Brunswick School Board of Advice, 1908.

Left for Great Britain on the Orsova, April 1914. Returned Oct/Nov 1914 on one of the Blue Funnel line.
Left for New Hebrides via Sydney 13 Jan 1917 for about 6 months on missionary work with his son Harold and William Eastwood Thompson of Cowes.

Five of the six hurches built by Ewen & Findlay:
Dandenong Presbyterian Church, 1886-1887.
Kew Presbyterian Church, 1887.
Brighton Presbyterian Church, Wilson street, 1889-1890
Brighton Beach Presbyterian Church (St Leonards), Wolseley grove, 1892-1893.
Queenscliff Presbyterian Church, 1898.

Mr. George Ewen, of Phillip Island, who, a little more than a week since contracted an attack of influenza, on Thursday felt sufficiently recovered to leave his room. On Friday he suffered a relapse, and Dr. Sleeman was sent for from Wonthaggi. On arrival the doctor at once realised the critical state of Mr. Ewens' health, and pronounced him to be suffering from pneumonia and influenza. This, coupled with a failing heart, made his case assume a very serious aspect, necessitating the summoning at once of his son (Mr. Harold Ewen) and daughter (Mrs. Hutchinson) who arrived on Saturday, bringing with them a trained nurse. On Sunday, Dr. Sleeman again visited the patient but, held out very little hope of his recovery. With a desire that every thing possible might be done, a message was sent to Melbourne for a second nurse, who duly arrived, but all was of no avail, for, on Tuesday, shortly before mid-day, this man, who a fortnight previously one would have thought had still many years ahead of him, was called Home.

It is somewhere about 40 years ago since Mr. Ewen first made acquaintance with Phillip Island. At that time he became partner with Mr. Gillanders Findlay, as builders and contractors, at Brunswick. The firm later erected some very fine churches, notably at Queenscliff, Dandenong, and Brighton, the Presbyterian church in the last-named suburb being a particularly handsome edifice. They also built the dwelling now used as a police station at Cowes. Shortly afterwards the partnership was dissolved. In the meantime, Mr. Ewen had acquired property in Cowes, which he retained to the time of his death. Contuinuing his connection with the island and his reputation of a builder, whose work could always be relied on, he induced a number of 'residents' to entrust to him the erection of their houses among which was one for the late Mr. Steele; "Bay View," for Mr. Gawler; "Ismay," for Mr. Jamison; "Talofa," for Mr. W. E. Thompson; "Fresh watergate," for Mrs. Barton; and "KIrriemiur," for the late Mrs. W. S. Davidson. All through his long life Mr. Ewen has been an ardent church worker. He was one of the senior eiders, at the Brunswick Presbyterian Church, and after the formation of a session here was appointed an assessory elder. While in active association with the Brunswick church, he occupied very many offices. In 1917 Mr. Ewans' love of church work bid him go to the New Hebrides, accompanied by his youngest surviving son where he spent six months, first building a new manse at Vila, and subsequently visiting and repairing mission houses at Onua, Pangkuma and Aulur in Malekula. Shortly after his return to Victoria he relinquished his business by handing it over to his son, and thereafter made the island his home.

The deceased gentleman was of upright and sterling character, and only at the last meeting of the Progress Association was elected vice-president. He leaves a widow, two married daughters and a son to mourn their loss. We desire to express our deep sympathy with all the members of the family. Mr. Ewens' remains were interred in the Melbourne General Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon. Three sons and one daughter who had predeceased him, are buried there.
Frankston & Somerville Standard, 5 Sep 1923.

Reference was made at both services at St. John's Presbyterian church, Cowes, on Sunday, to the death of the late Mr. George Ewen. At the evening servlces Mr. Ashmore's remarks were as follows:- We deplore the irreparable loss of our esteemed friend and member the late Mr. George Ewen, of Cowes, who passed away at his residence on Tuesday last at the age of 71 years. Mr. Ewen always took a keen interest in our church, and attended regularly morning and evening. By his unassuming manner and genial disposition and sterling worth he endeared himself to the hearts of every one, and time will soon reveal what a loss we have sustained. He sought to help us in every way-the flowers that you have seen here Sunday after Sunday nearly always came from his garden, and these adorning platform aml pulpit to-night .are the children of his labors. Resigned we shall be, however, knowing that he has gone to pluck the flowers of life eternal in the Garden of the Lord, that have sprung up from the seeds of kindness and charity sown during his life time.
Frankston & Somerville Standard, 12 Sep 1923.

I have a number of photos but I can't seem to be able to send them on this site. I can post a cd to you if you like.

The photos are: Ewen home 123 Union Road Brunswick, which was next door to Hester Ewen's, mother of George William.

George William Ewen and Catherine Cowan mn Hill.

Ewen & Findlay workshop in Brunswick, burnt down in 1890's?

Ewen home from c1908.

Cowes home built c1914. Retired there c1917.

Fakenham postcard showing where Ewens spent their last night before leaving for Australia.


John Jansson
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