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Former Member Details

Dr James BOWMAN (1784 - 1846)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1784
Place of Birth: Carlisle, Cumberland, England
Date of Death: 23/08/1846
Place of Death: 'Ravensworth', Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 01 Dec 1823 22 Nov 1825 1 year 11 months 23 days An Appointed Member of the first Legislative Council 1824 - 1843. Appointment terminated by Royal Warrant dated 17 July 1825 and proclaimed on 20 December 1825. Sat in Council until 22 November 1825.
Principal Colonial Surgeon 01 Dec 1823 01 Jan 1828 4 years 1 month 2 days
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Medical practitioner (surgeon) and pastoralist. Entered the Royal Navy as an assistant surgeon in 1806, being promoted to surgeon in 1807. He was placed on half-pay at the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1814. Arrived in New South Wales as a surgeon and agent on 19 January 1816. Became an inspector of colonial hospitals in 1828. Appointed a member of the Australian Agricultural Company in 1824. However, drought and depression combined with ill advised expenditure and inexperience led to heavy financial losses.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of Edward and Ann Bowman of Carlisle, Cumberland, England. Married Mary Isabella Macarthur, second living daughter of John and Elizabeth Macarthur in 1823 and they had 5 children. Sudden death from apoplexy.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 1