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James Bowman (1835–1898)

Yesterday about 1 o'clock Dr. A. S. Bowman, of Pelham, received the following startling wire from Muswellbrook from Mr. F. Wilkinson.— "James Bowman dropped dead between Jerry's Plains and Muswellbrook this morning. Hurried on here to wire news." From other details to hand it is gathered that deceased, who was travelling from his residence to Muswellbrook, in company with his son, Mr J. C. Bowman, suddenly fell off his horse dead, at a point about 10 miles from the town they were proceeding to. The body was conveyed to Balmoral, the residence of Mrs Wm. Bowman. This information will be read with regret throughout the Hunter district, as Mr. James Bowman, J. P., who was a resident of Jerry's Plains, was well known and highly respected. He was a native of Richmond, and was 68 years of age, but had lived at Jerry's Plains for pretty well half a century. For years past he had suffered from a weak heart and occasional attacks from gout, but recently had been in comparatively good health. The deceased gentleman leaves a very large circle of relatives—Dr. Bowman, of Singleton, being a nephew. He followed the life of a pastoralist, at which he was very successful, but during the financial crisis of 1893 he met with the misfortune to lose something like £130,000 through the failure of several metropolitan building societies. The late Mr Bowman's wife is at present on a visit at a station about 30 miles from Gulgong with some members of the family, of whom, it may be stated there are four sons and two daughters, all of whom are grown up. The sad news, therefore, will be a great shock to Mrs Bowman, and the severity of the blow will be accentuated by the fact that she is so far away from home that the journey will occupy at least a couple of days.

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Life Summary [details]


13 May, 1835
Richmond, New South Wales, Australia


6 July, 1898 (aged 63)
Muswellbrook, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

Religious Influence

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