Henry Ching has alerted me to the enquiry about Ng Akew. During the previous discussion about the Kew family I had consulted him about an entry for Ng A Kew in the 1888-89 Victoria Rate Book. I was looking into the history of my Swedish great-grandfather, John Olson, recorded on the same page and wondered if Ng A Kew was a deceased member of the Kew family, subsequently neighbours to mine (Olsons and Warrens) in Caine Road.
Nos. 2, 4 and 6 Ladder Street, I.L. 71, are already recorded as properties of Ng Akew in the 1878 declaration of her bankruptcy. Their designation of “brothels” disappears from the Rate Book entries after 1889. Their attribution is also to “Ng Kew’s Estate” thereafter, rather than to “Ng A Kew’s Estate” which is misleading. I didn’t look further than 1895 nor earlier than 1888.