Mr Thomas BAWDEN (1833 - 1897)**

  • Date of Birth: 01/12/1833
  • Place of Birth: England
  • Date of Death: 18/05/1897
  • Place of Death: Grafton, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly7 Dec 186916 Mar 188010yr(s) 3mth(s) 10day(s)
Member for Clarence7 Dec 18693 Feb 18722yr(s) 1mth(s) 28day(s)
6th (1870 - 1872)
Member for Clarence5 Mar 187228 Nov 18742yr(s) 8mth(s) 24day(s)
7th (1872 - 1874)
Member for Clarence22 Dec 187412 Oct 18772yr(s) 9mth(s) 21day(s)
8th (1875 - 1877)
Member for Clarence3 Dec 187716 Mar 18802yr(s) 3mth(s) 14day(s)
9th (1877 - 1880)
Mr Thomas Scott – Sugar Cultivation Committee No.815 Feb 18704 May 18702mths 20days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Oyster Fisheries Committee No.1715 Mar 18707 May 18701mth 23days
6th (1870 - 1872)
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.111 Aug 187011 Aug 18701day
6th (1870 - 1872)
Mr Thomas Scott-Sugar Cultivation Committee No.1020 Sep 187016 Mar 18715mths 25days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Bathurst Gas Company’s Bill Committee No.729 Nov 18716 Dec 18718days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Bathurst Gas Bill Committee No.714 Jun 187221 Jun 18728days
6th (1870 - 1872)
St George’s Presbyterian Church Bill Committee No.1227 Jun 18724 Jul 18728days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Newtown Omnibus Company’s Incorporation Bill Committee No.2420 Jan 187430 Jan 187411days
7th (1872 - 1874)

Community Activity

Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace. First President of Clarence River Pastoral Agricultural and Horticultural Association; Treasurer of the local Hospital; and a supporter of the School of Arts.

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Stock inspector and storekeeper. Arrived in New South Wales c. 1840 - 1842 and went to the Clarence District about 1843, becoming prominent in local affairs and eventually owning a large store in Grafton. In 1877 became Secretary and Director of the Clarence and New England Steam Navigation Company, assisting in the foundation and which had been incorporated in 1866. At time of death he was inspector of stock.

Local Government Activity

Mayor of Grafton Council


Son of William Bawden and Mary Williams. Married Elizabeth Anne Hindmarsh in 1856 and had issue, 6 sons and 7 daughters. Church of England.

Additional Information

References: L. T. Daley, Men and a River, Melbourne, 1966, p. 149