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Ewens, George Reynolds (Constable)

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1859
Place of birth Port Elliott, SA
Principal occupation Mounted Constable
Date of death 1933
Place of decease Yorketown

George Reynolds Ewens was a mounted constable (MC) stationed at Willunga from April 28, 1898 to August 1903. He was born at Port Elliot on July 22, 1859 where his father Sergeant J.R. Ewens was also a serving police officer. His uncle, William Robert Ewens, was also a policeman, who formed part of Tolmer’s Gold Escort in the 1850s. After considerable pioneering work in the interior of Australia, George joined the Police Force in February, 1884. His first posting was at Goolwa, where he spent 7 years. He then took charge at Snowtown during the time the railway was being constructed at Gladstone, on which 600 navvies were engaged. He was then posted to Willunga in April 1898, and then to Gawler in August 1903. His later posting to Yorketown coincided with the wreck of the steam ship Clan Ranald, which sunk on Troubridge Shoal on January 31, 1900. Forty people were drowned. MC Ewens, who was stationed at Edithburgh, patrolled the coast for three weeks after, finding 36 bodies from the ill-fated ship. He died on June 22, 1933 and is buried at Pink Lake Cemetery, Yorketown.


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