Eric Bowden

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The Honourable
Eric Bowden
Eric Bowden.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Nepean
In office
12 December 1906 – 13 April 1910
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by George Cann
In office
13 December 1919 – 16 December 1922
Preceded by Richard Orchard
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Parramatta
In office
16 December 1922 – 12 December 1929
Preceded by Herbert Pratten
Succeeded by Albert Rowe
Personal details
Born (1871-09-30)30 September 1871
Parramatta, New South Wales
Died 13 February 1931(1931-02-13) (aged 59)
Nationality Australian
Political party Anti-Socialist (1906–09)
Liberal (1909–16)
Nationalist (1916–29)
Spouse(s) Reinetta May Murphy
Education Newington College (1882-1884)
Sydney Boys High School (1888–92)
Occupation Solicitor

Eric Kendall Bowden (30 September 1871 – 13 February 1931) was an Australian solicitor and politician.

Early life[edit]

The second son of John and Sarah Bowden, he was born in Parramatta, New South Wales, where his family had resided for four generations. Educated at Newington College (1882-1884)[1] and Sydney Boys High School (1888–92),[2] he qualified as a solicitor in 1894 after serving articles with his father. Four years later married Reinetta May Murphy.[3]

Political career[edit]

In the Federal election of December 1906, and while serving as an alderman in Granville, he won the seat of Nepean. In 1910 he was defeated and again practised in partnership with his father until 1919 when he regained the seat of Nepean as a Nationalist. From 1922 he represented Parramatta after Nepean was absorbed by that seat. From 1923 Bowden served as Minister for Defence, resigning in 1925 due to ill health. He served on, and at times chaired, the joint select committee on electoral law in 1926 and 1927 and was a royal commissioner on the constitution between 1927 and 1929. In the 1929 election he lost his seat.[3]


  1. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999) pp18
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  3. ^ a b McCarthy, John. "Bowden, Eric Kendall (1871 - 1931)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Walter Massy-Greene
Minister for Defence
Succeeded by
Neville Howse
Parliament of Australia
New division Member for Nepean
Succeeded by
George Cann
Preceded by
Richard Orchard
Member for Nepean
Division abolished
Preceded by
Herbert Pratten
Member for Parramatta
Succeeded by
Albert Rowe