Bowie Wilson

John Bowie Wilson (17 June 1820 – 30 April 1883), was a politician, gold miner and Hydropath in colonial New South Wales, a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for more than 12 years.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Wilson was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, the third son of Rev. John Wilson, DD.[2] Wilson was educated at Irvine and at the Edinburgh and Aberdeen Universities. He arrived in Australia in June 1840, leaving in 1848, before returning in 1854. He tried gold mining at Araluen but was not successful. He began practising hydrotherapy and calling himself doctor. He was married Julie née Bell on 9 July 1859

PoliticsEdit

In July 1859 was elected to the New South Wales Parliament for the Goldfields South, retaining it until 1864.[3] His biographer describes Wilson as an ultra-radical who was obsessed with abolishing state-aid to religion, opposing Charles Cowper's bill because it did not go far enough. Wilson was Secretary for Lands in the conservative first Martin ministry from October 1863 to February 1865, also serving as Secretary for Lands in the second Martin Ministry from January 1866 to October 1868, and third Martin Ministry from December 1870 to May 1872.[2][4] At the 1864–65 election he chose not to re-contest Goldfield South and instead was a candidate for Patrick's Plains. Henry Parkes satirised his transformation from radical to conservative in verse which included

Bowie fell among the tories,
who beguiled poor Bowie's brains;
Shorn of all his former glories,
Bowie's gone to Patrick's Plains,[5]

Wilson won Patrick's Plains, however the Martin government was defeated.[1] Wilson retained the seat until his defeat at the election in December 1869.[6] He was not long out of parliament, being elected at the February 1870 by-election for East Sydney. Both Wilson and Martin were soundly defeated at the 1872 colonial election for East Sydney.[7] He subsequently contested Liverpool Plains but was soundly defeated, finishing a distant 4th.[8] Wilson made a final unsuccessful attempt at the East Sydney by-election in June 1872,[9] before retiring from politics.[4]

Wilson distinguished himself by his efforts to secure parks and recreation grounds for the people of Sydney.[2]

Later lifeEdit

Wilson married his second wife, Elizabeth Gowing, on 5 July 1873. He died on 30 April 1883(1883-04-30) (aged 62) at Moore Park, New South Wales.[10][11][12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Lyons, Mark. "Wilson, John Bowie (1820–1883)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 3 November 2013 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
  2. ^ a b c Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wilson, Hon. John Bowie" . The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co – via Wikisource.
  3. ^ Green, Antony. "Elections for the District of Goldfields South". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Mr John Bowie Wilson (1820-1883)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  5. ^ Parkes, Henry (6 December 1864). "Lament for Bowie". The Empire. p. 5. Retrieved 15 January 2021 – via Trove.
  6. ^ Green, Antony. "Elections for the District of Patrick's Plains". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  7. ^ Green, Antony. "Elections for the District of East Sydney". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  8. ^ Green, Antony. "1872 Liverpool Plains". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  9. ^ Green, Antony. "1872 East Sydney by-election". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  10. ^ "The late Hon J B Wilson". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 May 1883. p. 1. Retrieved 16 January 2021 – via Trove.
  11. ^ "Death of the Hon J Bowie Wilson". The Sydney Daily Telegraph. 1 May 1883. p. 3. Retrieved 16 January 2021 – via Trove.
  12. ^ "The Late Hon. J. B. Wilson". The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser. 5 May 1883. p. 832. Retrieved 16 January 2021 – via Trove.

 

Parliament of New South Wales
Political offices
Preceded by Secretary for Lands
1863 – 1865
Succeeded by
Preceded by Secretary for Lands
1866 – 1868
Succeeded by
Preceded by Secretary for Lands
1870 – 1872
Succeeded by
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
New district Member for Goldfields South
1859 – 1864
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member for Patrick's Plains
1864 – 1869
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member for East Sydney
1870 – 1872
With: George King
David Buchanan
James Martin
Succeeded by