Bowden Photographic Collection
The Bowden family name is still one of the most prolific surnames in the Stroud area with many inter- action to other pioneer families of the 1800’s. It is understood approximately 2000 descendants attended a Bowden family reunion at the Stroud Showground in 2004.
The family of William Bowden (1824-1914) and his wife Elizabeth (nee Godfrey) (1798-1838) who were from Benenden, Kent, England, were assisted migrants arriving in Sydney in November 1838 on the ship “Maitland”. Elizabeth and a baby son died not long after arriving. (Ref: The Benenden Bowdens by Colin King 1988)
William’s brother Joseph and his family also migrated around the same time.
Many of the two families stayed in the Sydney area whilst others gravitated towards the Hunter region – Paterson, Raymond Terrace, Newcastle and Stroud where they worked in many diverse trades.
Thomas (1824-1914), the third son (4th child) of William and Elizabeth, married Hannah Wattus (1831 – 1905) in Stroud in 1849 and they produced 16 children. Two of their sons, Thomas III (1857-1911) and James (1862-1950), married local girls Mary Barnes and Emily Bate respectively and it is believed these two lines are the most prevalent in the Stroud district for carrying on the name.Date 2019-02-14Other CollectionStroud and District Historical Society
Clive Bowden in front of a Brush Box log (20 feet x 11 feet 10 inches girth = 2,100 super feet), 1940
Clive with his team of 18 Bullocks on Andrew Hicks' property, Johnsons Creek - delivering poles for electricity. (Ray Toms sitting on poles), 1938
Photograph showing Billy Bowden on horse by a Brush Box log (20 feet x 11 feet 10 inches girth = 2,100 super feet) felled by Clive Bowden near Stoney Creek , 1940
Brush Box log (20 feet x 11 feet 10 inches girth = 2,100 super feet) felled by Clive Bowden near Stoney Creek , 1940
Portrait of a young lady holding a magazine in her hands. She is sitting on a half round shaped stool and wearing a light coloured dress, [n.d.]
Teenaged girl sitting on a carved chair. She wears a light coloured dress and has a big bow in her long dark coloured hair, [n.d.]
A portrait of a gentleman, a timber worker. He is wearing a hat and holding an axe. In front of him a axe is displayed and on the right side a big tree saw, [n.d.]
Grave of Hannah Bowden. Sacred to the memory of Hannah, Beloved wife of Thomas Bowden. Died July 29, 1905. Aged 73 Years. "At Rest.", 29 July 1905