George Bowman arrived in New South Wales with his
parents as free settlers on the
His father John Bowman settled on the
Hawkesbury river. In 1821 George was promised a land grant
of 600 acres. This was located on the northern banks of the
Hunter river in the Parish of Ravensworth.
married Eliza Sophia Pearce in 1820 and together they
produced 9 sons and 2 daughters. Although he lived on his
farm at Richmond, George Bowman took up another grant of
1130 acres in the Hunter Valley in
1824 which became Arrowfield where he
established a stock station. He purchased another 2000 acres
adjoining his grant in 1825. This was situated on the
southern bank of the Hunter opposite the junction of Fal
Brook with the Hunter. This estate was named Archerfield.
He also established a cattle station at Wybong in 1828.
The estates at the Hunter River were managed by his sons.
Cash who arrived on the
Marquis of Huntley in 1828 was assigned to George
Bowman and sent to work on the Wybong property. Cash later
became one of Australia's most notorious bushrangers.
In 1846 10,049 acres, part of the
estate was purchased by George Bowman.
George Bowman died in
August 1878 and Eliza Sophia in April 1884 aged 87 years.
Notes & Links:
1). Australian Dictionary
of Biography -
Robert, Alexander and George Pearce Bowman, sons of
George and Eliza Bowman
2). More about the voyage of
the Barwell in 1798.......
history of New South Wales: from its first discovery to the
present time ... By G. Paterson
estate was visited by Rev. Lang 12 November 1850...
.......An Historical and Statistical Account of New South Wales