Alexander Dowie

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Alexander Dowie (4 September 1827 – 18 July 1909)[1] was a footwear manufacturer and retailer in the early days of South Australia.

History[edit]

Dowie was born the third son of John Dowie (26 November 1800 – c. 1832) and his wife Margaret (born 1 August 1802). His father and sister died when he was around four years old; he was later to move to Portobello, Scotland, where he learned the trade of bootmaker. In April 1851 he married Jane Cockburn (c. 1831 – 28 October 1910) and they emigrated to South Australia on the Blundell in May that year, partly sponsored by Caroline Chisholm, arriving in August. He joined the gold rush to Mount Alexander, but soon returned to Adelaide, opening a bootmaker's shop and factory ("South Australian Boot Factory")[2] in Rundle Street, initially at the far end, later moving up to number 69, then number 63, and meanwhile opening a tannery in Bowden.[3]

The business was handed over to sons Norman and (Charles) Stuart in 1904;[4] they sold it to A. W. Barlow and Co. in 1908[5]

His brother John Murray Dowie, father of Rev. John Alexander Dowie, emigrated to South Australia in 1860. John Alexander was later to marry his daughter Jane, build a huge following for his faith healing ministry, and found Zion City in Illinois, U.S.A.

Alexander was a friend of John Darling, and influenced him to emigrate to South Australia. They continued to associate; Darling gave employment to at least one of the Dowie boys, they worshipped at the same church, and two Darling boys married Dowie girls.

He was appointed President of the Board of Conciliation from 1885 to 1896.[3]

Religion[edit]

He joined the Congregational Church before he left Scotland, and was active in the Adelaide church as Sunday-school teacher, lay preacher, and deacon.[3]

Family[edit]

Alexander Dowie died 18 July 1909. His wife, Jane Dowie, died 28 October 1910

  • John Alexander Dowie (died 9 April 1888) married Jessie Blair Crawford (1862–1921). She was a sister of R. H. Crawford.[6]) on 12 April 1883
  • Jessie Dowie (1852 – 23 November 1915) married John Darling, jun. (1852–1914) on 14 October 1875.
  • Jane Dowie (9 May 1854 – 11 March 1936 in Zion City, Ill.) married her cousin Rev. John Alexander Dowie ("Elijah" to his followers) on 26 May 1876. As "Overseer Jane Dowie" she held high office in his church.
  • Margaret "Maggie" Dowie (1856 – 1920) married Arthur Faulkner Gardiner (died 20 April 1936) (son of Robert Gardiner) on 28 May 1875
  • Mary Dowie (21 September 1860 – ) married S Stevenson in Chicago, Ill. on 25 July 1900
  • Bessie Dowie (24 September 1862 – c. 1890) married James Darling on 26 October 1882; moved to "Glenarona", Kilmore, Victoria
  • Adelaide Dowie (4 December 1864 – 12 July 1892)
  • George Cockburn Dowie (18 October 1867 – 16 November 1886)
  • Norman Dowie (27 July 1870 – 14 September 1947) worked in father's business
  • (Charles) Stuart Dowie (10 April 1874 – 17 November 1937) worked in his father's business. He married Gertrude Phillis (Phyllis?) Davey on 21 December 1910. A son was the famous sculptor John Dowie.

His brother John Murray Dowie (c. 1826 – c. October 1908) emigrated c. 1861 aboard Shah Jehan; active Hindmarsh Square Congregational Church, left for Chicago 1896

  • Andrew Dowie ( – 16 March 1919) educated at AEI, married Honor Ann Uren ( – 1917) in 1876
  • John Alexander Dowie "Elijah Dowie" married his cousin, Jane Dowie (9 May 1854 – 11 March 1936) on 26 May 1876. Not to be confused with his identically named cousin (above).
  • Gladstone Dowie (1877–1945)
  • Jeanie Dowie (1879–1885)
  • Esther Dowie (1881–1902).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Family Notices". The Register (Adelaide). LXXIV, (19,559). South Australia. 21 July 1909. p. 10. Retrieved 25 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ "South Australian Industries". South Australian Register. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 15 June 1876. p. 5 Supplement: Supplement to the South Australian Register. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
    This article contains useful details of the boot manufacturing trade
  3. ^ a b c "Mr. Alexander Dowie". South Australian Register. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 18 February 1897. p. 5. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Family Notices". The Register. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 11 March 1904. p. 2. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "General News". The Advertiser. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 4 August 1908. p. 8. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Hugh Archibald Crawford (c. 1824 – 6 October 1881), his son Robert Hugh Crawford (c. 1854 – 18 October 1930) and his son Hugh John (c. 1883 – 21 March 1943) owned Adelaide's major grocery, in Hindley Street then King William Street from 1852 to 1933, when they were bought out by S. O. Beilby