Sir George Ferguson BOWEN, ,,G.C.M.G.1st Governor of Queensland.

Male 1821 - 1899  (77 years)


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  • Name George Ferguson BOWEN 
    Prefix Sir 
    Suffix ,,G.C.M.G.1st Governor of Queensland. 
    Born 2 Nov 1821  County Donegal, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Feb 1899  Brighton, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 25 Feb 1899  Cemetery of All Souls, Kensal Green, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I9875  Kirkpatrick Family
    Last Modified 15 Nov 2014 

    Father Rev Edward BOWEN, ,Rector of Taughboyne Church,County Donegal.,   b. 1779,   d. 18 Aug 1867, "Bogay House", County Donegal, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Jane MOORE,   b. Abt 1799,   d. 6 Mar 1864  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married 22 Jan 1821  All Saints Church, Newtoncunningham, Donegal, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Edward and Jane also had a third born , (a son also named Edward),who died on 4th October 1825. and a daughter ,their fifth born child, (Maria Delitia) ,who died 27th December 1827.
      Ref:PRONI Wills Index
    Family ID F3823  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Countess Diamantina ROMA, ,daughter of Conte Giorgio-Candiano Roma,   b. 1833, Zante, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1893, Cadogan Square, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 28 Apr 1856  the chapel of the Palace of St Michael and St George in Corfu in the Ionian Islands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • George and Diamantina's first child ,a son , who died at just twelve days old, was born in the Ionian Islands
    Children 
     1. Adelaide Diamantina(Nina) BOWEN,   b. 17 Aug 1858, Corfu, The Ionian Islands, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1931, St George Hanover Square, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     2. Zoe Caroline BOWEN,   b. 28 Aug 1860, Adelaide House (the temporary Government House), Brisbane, Queensland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1938  (Age 77 years)
     3. Agnes Herbert BOWEN,   b. 26 Jul 1862, Old Government House, Brisbane, Queensland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. George William Howard BOWEN,   b. 9 Apr 1864, Old Government House, Brisbane, Queensland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Alfreda Ernestina Albertina BOWEN,   b. 10 Apr 1869, Government House, Aukland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1939, Cadogan Square, Chelsea, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 15 Nov 2014 
    Family ID F3824  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Letitia Florence WHITE, ,widowed daughter of Dr Thomas Luby,   b. 1852, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1916, Brighton, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 17 Oct 1896  Holy Trinity, Chelsea, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Letitia is described as a widow on the marriage certificate ,aged 44 years.She was the widow of Henry White, whom she married in 1878.
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2013 
    Family ID F3825  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The town of Bowen in Queensland was named after Sir George.

      Sir George Ferguson Bowen, unlike previous Australian military and naval governors, was trained in law, classics and administration. A noted intellectual and author, Bowen later became Fellow of Brasenose College in Oxford prior to a career as Queensland's first Governor.

      During 1847 and 1851, Bowen worked as the political secretary to the government of the Ionian Islands where he married Countess Diamantina Roma, daughter of Count Candiano di Roma, President of the Senate.

      A strong supporter of Liberal Prime Minister, William Gladstone, Bowen was appointed Governor of the newly separated colony of Queensland, arriving on 10 December 1859. Since Queensland did not have a substantive government at the time, Bowen ruled with Colonial Secretary, R. G. W. Herbert who later became Queensland's first Premier in 1860.

      In March 1873 Bowen was transferred to Victoria (Australia) as Governor of Victoria,and later arrived in Mauritius ( 4 April 1879) to serve as 13th Governor of the colony until 9 December 1880. On 30 March 1883, Bowen became Governor of Hong Kong .In 1887 he resigned his post,due to failing health.


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