Conness St, Chiltern, c 1908.  H90.140/948 Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria.


George Griffith v Wm. Chadwick.;— Complaint for using abusive language.

George Griffiths deposed: On Friday called defendant to my place and told him that if he allowed his wife to make use of such bad language I would summon him. He then used very abusive language.

A musician residing in Griffith's house corroborated foregoing evidence.             

Fined 40s. -and costs.

INDIGO POLICE COURT. (1859, January 19). Ovens and Murray Advertiser (Beechworth, Vic. : 1857 - 1918), p. 3. Retrieved October 8, 2013, from

George had a busy month with one thing and another -several appearances at the Indigo Police Court, for one thing.  Whether William Chadwick's wife had been using abusive language towards Griffith himself, or perhaps to his wife, is not clear, but it is good to see him upholding a high standard of behaviour in his establishment.  It is worth noting, however, that it was only 12 months since Griffith himself had been charged with using threatening language, and bound over to keep himself nice for the next twelve months.

One would like to know whom the musician was who was residing with the Griffiths.  Barlow?  Zeplin, perhaps?


  1. Nice image of Chiltern. Very interested to see the chemist shop of David James McEwen, father of John McEwen (1900-1980), who became an Australian Prime Minister known as Black Jack McEwen. His mother Amy Ellen Porter was a second cousin but she died when John was 2 and his father died when he was 7. Might explain a bit?

  2. Those were the days, when a Prime Minister could come from a small country town.


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