Thomas Hollingworth Fowler
was the son of Captain Fowler of Wakefield,
In the early 1830's he resided in Van Diemen's
Land where he met Maria Ramus widow of Captain
Henry James Ramus. Thomas Fowler and Maria
Ramus were married in Sydney on 30th December
In a case held at the Supreme Court in August 1837
Dr. Fowler is referred to by merchant Richard
Thomas Potter Macqueen's
superintendent at Segenhoe.
(3) A hospital was established at Segenhoe,
and he may have been employed there.
was often in conflict with
Dr. John Goodwin
of Scone. In 1847 he testified at the trial of
who had been accused of feloniously injuring a patient to such an extent as to
cause her instant death and by attempting to deliver her while he was
Dr. Fowler deposed that he was
a legally qualified medical practitioner residing in the district of Scone for many
years, and had been occasionally practising his profession there the whole of
that time. He was called to attend Mrs.
Norah Hatherall about 3pm or 4pm on the afternoon of 28th July. He
met Dr. Goodwin outside the house and was told by him that the woman had been
many hours in labour and he had found difficulty in the case. They then went
together into Mrs. Hatherall's bed room and Dr. Goodwin showed him what had been
done. They consulted and agreed to give the woman some soothing medicine and
mariate of morphine being agreed on.
Dr. Fowler returned to
his home and sent back with
six grains of morphine dissolved in four ounces of water in a phial bottle. Dr.
Fowler did not immediately return to the house but when he returned in half an
hour he saw Dr. Goodwin outside and was told by him to his surprise that the
whole of the morphine had been administered to the woman, but that she had
thrown off the greater part from her stomach. A second examination afterwards
was made by them both and after a brief period the child was delivered still
During the latter part of their attendance,
Dr. Goodwin was reported to have been so intoxicated that he was hardly
conscious of what was going on. Fowler stated that instruments had been used by
Dr. Goodwin without administering medicine in a way he would not himself have
ventured on and he thought that the woman died from haemorrhage caused by
rupture which must have take place some hours before delivery.
Thomas Fowler died in Scone in 1858 - On Saturday the
14th August 1858, Thomas H. Fowler, Esq, Surgeon aged 46 years; for many years a
resident of this district, and much respected by the inhabitants. (2).
Thomas Fowler was buried in
St. Luke's churchyard.
Notes & Links:
Testimony about the murder of
William Marrah at Scone in 1849 -
Bell's Life 21 July 1849
accused of raping Elizabeth Ferry, servant of Dr.
Mercury 9 March 1850.
William Brett sentenced
to six months in Maitland Gaol for assaulting Dr.
Mercury 9 March 1850
patients John Burrows and William Fosythe in Scone
Mercury 14 June 1854
For more information
about Thomas Fowler see
Australian Pioneer Medical Index