John D'Ewes

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John D'Ewes is associated with Ballarat, Victoria located at these coordinates -37.55, 143.85

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Little is known about D'Ewes early or later life, but in late 1854 he was police magistrate at Ballarat. His administration of this office was not unusual in its corruption and partiality; the police were very unpopular in Ballarat and D'Ewes was perhaps the most hated man in the town. D'Ewes helped run the inquest into Scobie's death, and his strong efforts on behalf of his close friend James Bentley led to his removal from office in disgrace. The former Police Magistrate left the town and is known to have gone to Sydney. He published a book in 1857 entitled China, Australia and the Pacific Islands, 1853-56. He eventually committed suicide in France.

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