William Bowman (Australian politician)

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William Bowman
Personal details
Born (1800-12-11)11 December 1800
Richmond, New South Wales
Died 11 December 1874(1874-12-11) (aged 74)
Richmond, New South Wales

William Bowman (11 December 1800 – 11 December 1874) was an Australian politician and an elected member of the New South Wales Legislative Council between 1843 and 1856. He was also a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for 1 term from 1856 until 1858.

Early life[edit]

Bowman was born in Richmond, New South Wales and was the son of John Bowman, a pioneer settler from East Lothian in Scotland, and his wife Honor nee Honey, from Cornwall.[1] He had an elementary education and worked on his father's farm from an early age. He gradually increased his land holdings with further properties in the Bathurst and on the Talbragar River and experimented with vine cultivation and the exportation of salted beef to India.

Colonial Parliament[edit]

Prior to the establishment of responsible government, Bowman was elected to the partially elected New South Wales Legislative Council at the first elections held in the colony in 1843. He represented the electorate of Cumberland Boroughs (Towns of Richmond, Windsor, Campbelltown and Liverpool) and retained this seat at the subsequent elections in 1848 and 1853. At the first elections for the New South Wales Legislative Assembly after the granting of responsible government in 1856 he was elected for the seat of Cumberland Boroughs. He was defeated at the 1858 election by William Bede Dalley.[2] He did not stand for further public office. He was the brother of George Bowman, also a one-time member of the New South Wales Legislative Council.[3]


  1. ^ Fletcher, B. H. (1966). "Bowman, John (1763–1825)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  2. ^ "Mr William Bowman (1800 - 1874)". Former members of the New South Wales Parliament, 1856-2006. New South Wales Parliament. Retrieved 2010-01-11. 
  3. ^ "Mr George Bowman (1795 - 1878)". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
first election
Member for Cumberland Boroughs
1856 – 1858
Succeeded by
William Bede Dalley