Bowden, Thomas James

Personal Details

First nameThomas
Middle nameJames
Date of birth25/12/1870
Place of birthCastlemaine Victoria
Date of death19/11/1946
Age at death78 years 11 months


Thomas’ fathers name was RICHARD BOWDEN and his mothers name was GRACE WESTON. They married at CASTLEMAINE on the 31st December 1855. RICHARD was 34years old & GRACE was 39 when THOMAS JAMES was born

THOMAS JAMES BOWDEN came to Queensland when he was about 20. He married ELIZABETH JANE DIXON (NOT Dickson) at Roma on 3rd July 1894. ELIZABETH was born at DENILIQUIN. Her mother & father were THOMAS WILLIAM DIXON & ANNIE ELIZABETH SULLIVAN. They lived around the Mitchell area.

Husband of Elizabeth Jane Dixon m.03/07/1894

Father of –
Thomas Sholto b.6 Nov 1895 d.12 May 1965 – known as Sonny
Henry James Weston b.20 Oct 1898 d.2 May 1939 (buried Aramac)- known as Harry
William b.28 May 1901 – known as Bill
Alfred Frederick b.28 Jan 1904 – known as Mick
John Edward b.27 Feb 1906 d.3 Jun 1984 – known as Jack
Nowland b.3 Nov 1908 – known as Nolan
Grace Rether b.16 May 1910
George Mervyn b.23 Jun 1913
Edward Leslie b. 1916 d.27 May 1974 – known as Ted
Percy James b 1918
Ronald Fraser b 1920 – known as Tolley as he was born in the back of a Tolbat car.
Lizzie Elender b 1922 – known as Nellie
Richard b 1925 – known as Billy the Kid
[Source: Jan McVeigh []]

Cemetery Record

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LocationNorth Eastern
Grave number192
AddressThornton & Woomera
OccupationStation Hand
Date of funeral20/11/1946

Thomas died from:

[Source: Jan McVeigh []]

Headstone has Thomas “Joseph”
died in “November 1947”

The Longreach Leader Friday 6 December 1946
Many people of the Aramac and Muttaburra district will read with regret of the death of Thomas James Bowden, who for the past 42 years has been associated with the Aramac and Muttaburra district.
Born in Victoria, 1886, the deceased would have reached the age of 79 on the 25th December, 1946. During his early life he was apprenticed to the stables of G. J. Luttrell and he was a successful jockey winning many races on the flat and also over the hurdles. He came to Queensland some 52 years ago and carried on the occupation of a shearer in the Mitchell district. It was during this time that he was married in Roma to Elizabeth Dickson. He then was employed as a station hand on Fernleigh Station where he remained for 14 years and then at Bowen Downs, and then went to Thornton where he has been for the past six years.
His whole life was devoted to the country life and also to the training of horses where in this occupation he proved a successful trainer. Some of the best horses he had in his care were Warum and Nipper Fox and with both of these horses he won numerous races in the Aramac and Barcaldine districts. He bought two horses of his own, Blue Yet and Yaddam and these horses proved good propositions for him as both of them won many races for him. Even in his old age the lure for horses was still in him and he trained a horse named Play for his late employer, Mr. J. Ahern, and was successful in winning a Bracelet and a Cup at the Muttaburra Amateur races. The deceased celebrated his golden wedding in 1944.
The deceased had not enjoyed the best of health for some time and his end was not a shock to those who were closely associated with him. He was respected by those who knew him and at the next race meeting held at Muttaburra he will be greatly missed as he had been a regular attender at the race course for the past 37 years. The funeral left the Church of England, Muttaburra, and was well attended the service at the graveside was read by Mr. F. E. Dowling. The deceased is survived by his wife, ten sons and two daughters who will mourn his death and there are also 22 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
[Source: OBITUARY. (1946, December 6). The Longreach Leader (Qld.: 1923 – 1954), p. 9. Retrieved October 10, 2013, from]