17 July 1997 alan.hewat@gmail.com

John Hewat 1836 Edinburgh - 1906 Bairnsdale

John Hewat migrated in 1853 to Australia during the gold rush, from Dublin. His father William Hewat had moved from Berwickshire to Dublin c1838 to work in the Irish Provincial Bank. John wrote some interesting letters back from "Canvas Town Melbourne" and "The Bendigo Diggins". He soon gave that up for farming at Forge Creek near Bairnsdale, where he and his sons John Jnr. and Andrew had some adventures trying to stop others taking over public land.

The following commentary, as well as other material on John, was provided by Victoria Dunlop, g.g.grandaughter of John. Some of it she had from Jack McKenzie, g.grandson of John, while Dianne Kelly supplied the copy of William's letter to John's brother Andrew.

[Withdrawn at the request of Victoria]

Alan William Hewat (alan.hewat@gmail.com)