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Alexander Bowman

Alexander Bowman graduated Bachelor of Arts at the ceremony held in the Great Hall on 18 July 1859.


His early years

Alexander Bowman was born on 11 July 1838 at Richmond.

At the University of Sydney

He graduated Bachelor of Arts at the ceremony held in the Great Hall on 18 July 1859.

His career

Following graduation, he spent some time in Queensland before settling at Oaklands, Singleton, where he bred and trained a number of successful race-horses, including Spartan, Maritana and Kismet. His most notable success was with Bulginbar, which defeated The Barb in 1866 and won Tattersall's Cup at Randwick on 25 January 1868. He contributed significantly to the civic progress of Singleton, as a vice-president of the Agricultural Association and of the Mechanics' Institute, as a council alderman for thirteen years and as mayor in 1873-79. After unsuccessfully contesting the Upper Hunter seat he was elected to the Legislative Assembly for the Hawkesbury, serving in 1877-82 and from 1885 until his death.

Although he claimed to have no party affiliations and was infrequently heard in debate, he was appreciated by his electorate and regarded as the unofficial representative of the Upper Hunter landowners.

In 1881 he married Joanna Heuston (1856-1919), then sold Oaklands and lived permanently at the Glebe. He died there on 10 July 1892, aged 54, survived by his wife, two sons and one daughter.