George Bowden was born 13 March 1837 in Cranbrook, Kent, England, United Kingdom to William Bowden (1796-1882) and Elizabeth Godfrey (1798-1838) and died 26 September 1929 27 Grove-street, Waratah, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. He married Maria Fountain (1841-1932) 1 April 1861 in Wesleyan Church, Bourke St., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

He left Gravesend, Kent 24 June 1838, arrived Sydney, New South Wales 6 November 1838 on the Maitland, with his parents and family as an assisted immigrant.


Offspring of George Bowden and Maria Fountain (1841-1932)
Name Birth Death Joined with
William Henry Bowden (1862-1901) 7 October 1862 Raymond Terrace, New South Wales, Australia 11 December 1901 34 Parry-street, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia Florence Ada Hinde (1867-1955)
Lucy L Bowden (1864-1864)
Rosa H Bowden (1866-1869)
Anne Bowden (1869-c1870)
Thomas Frederick Bowden (1871-1946)
Henry Godfrey Bowden (1873-1941)
Ernest George Bowden (1874-1905) 18 September 1874 Raymond Terrace, New South Wales, Australia 20 May 1905 12 Union-street, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia Edith Mary Hinde (1875-1961)
(unnamed female) Bowden (1876-1876)
(unnamed female) Bowden (1877-1877)
(unnamed male 1) Bowden (1879-1879)
(unnamed male 2) Bowden (1879-1879)
Joseph Bowden (1882-1882)
Annie Reay Bowden (1884-1950)

Memoir (1929)

Newcastle's Oldest Couple

Mr. and Mrs. George Bowden, of 27 Grove-street, Waratah, claim to be the oldest residents of the Newcastle district. Mr. Bowden is aged 92 and Mrs. Bowden 89.

MR. BOWDEN was horn in Kent, England, and was barely two years old when his father came Australia. They made their home at Dora Creek. His mother never landed in Australia. She died in Sydney Harbor on arrival of the ship and was burled at Manly. Mr. Bowden has vivid recollections of his boyhood days at Dora Creek. His father had a clearing lease of land. Although the land was rich and crops could be produced, there was no market to send them to. He remembers when there were 50 blacks to every white man at Lake Macquarie. Interesting spectacles to the settlers were the corroborees which were usually held at Brisbane Water, between Gosford and the Hawkesbury. Like all the old pioneers, Mr. Bowden has turned his hands to many things. With his brothers he cut cedar logs around the western shores of Lake Macquarie and carted them by bullock drays to Newcastle. He had the carting of the first load of bricks used in the building of Nobbys lighthouse in 1866. In those days, he says, there were only 10 horses and drays to do Newcastle's work. In 1847 Young Bowden went with his father and family to Hexham, where they started farming. He has never been off the Hunter since. Mrs. Bowden was born at Aston-Clinton, England, and was 12 years old when she came to Australia. She was married at Bourke-street, Sydney, in 1861. Their diamond wedding was celebrated eight years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Bowden have been living at Waratah for the past 17 years. Their surviving children are: Mr. Thomas F. Bowden, Inspector Metropolltan Police; Mr. Harry S. Bowden, farmer, of 'Cliftlands,' Scone; and Mrs. French, of Waratah, with whom this wonderful old couple have been for some years.

The Newcastle Sun, 11 May 1929, page 7

Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
¶ Death
  • Mr. George Bowden died yesterday at his residence, 27 Grove-street, Waratah, in his 93rd year. He came to Australia from England with his parents when he was an infant.
Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate, 1 June 1929, page 8