Still working on Sebastian HODGE. I wrote to the Grammar School (Sydney) archivist, as he had several NSW Sands Directory entries that suggested he was associated with them:
1865, p235 - Hodge, Sebastian, janitor and drill master, Sydney Grammar School, College-Street
1866, p 252 - Hodge, Sebastian, teacher, Stanley St
1867, p294 - Hdge, Sebastian, Sydney Grammar School, Stanley St
1868, p 288 - Hodge, Sebastian, drill instructor, Stanley St
1869, p314 - Hodge, Sebastian, Stanley St
1870, p 334 - Hodge, Sebastian, Stanley St
1871, p 410 - Hodge, Sebastian, Stanley St
1873 - no entry
1875, p 356 - Hodge S, musician, Stanley St
1876, p 374 - Hodge, Sebastian, musician, 2 Stanley St
The Grammar archivist has written back with the following:
‘"Bas" Hodge was our first School Sergeant,1862-75. He was a key man in the Cadet Corps, he led the singing ,drilled the boys in bayonet drill and played the saxophone and clarionet (sic). He left the school for the more lucrative task as Licensee of Usher's Hotel.’
References from The Sydneian, the school magazine.
That helps fill in his time-line, and I've found (with help from others) more information about his subsequent career as a license - mainly the Commercial Hotel on King St in Sydney. I hope to find photos of his hotels.