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Thomas Bourchier Bowker, Hon. Dr. LLB., M.P.

Thomas Bourchier Bowker, Hon. Dr. LLB., M.P.

Male 1889 - 1964  (74 years)

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  • Name Thomas Bourchier Bowker  [1
    Suffix Hon. Dr. LLB., M.P. 
    Born 28 Sep 1889  Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 6 Nov 1889  Grahamstown Church (St George's - Anglican), Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Baptised: 1889, Nov 6
      Born: September 28 1889
      Parents: Bourchier & Charlotte Jemima BOWKER
      Occupation: Farmer
      Residence: Signal Kop, Fish River, Albany
      Witnesses: Benjamin Thos. Hellier & The Parents
      Baptised by: Robert J Mullins
      Source: Grahamstown - St George (Anglican), Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. Baptism register, 1869-1908, page 103, entry number 4012. Repository: Cory Library, MS 14 878-4.
    1820 Lineage Yes 
    Died 21 Jul 1964  Bedford Hospital, Bedford, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I1469  Bourchiers
    Last Modified 11 Apr 2020 

    Father Bourchier Bowker,   b. Abt Feb 1845, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1891, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Mother Charlotte Jemima Hallier,   b. Aft 1854,   d. 6 Mar 1928  (Age < 72 years) 
    Married 19 Apr 1888  Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • 19 Apr 1888
      1888, April 19
      Bourchier Bowker
      aged: Full, Widower
      Farmer
      residence: Signal Kop Albany
      and
      Charlotte Jemima Hallier
      aged: Minor, Spinster, Magistrate
      residence: Signal Kop Albany
      married by Banns by Robert J. Mullins
      groom signature: Bourchier Bowker
      bride signature: Charlotte Jemima Hallier
      witnessed by: J.K.B. Hallier, Alice E Hallier
      Transcriber remarks: Minister's name unclear
      Source: Grahamstown - Christchurch (Anglican), Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. marriage register, 1879-1904, page 41, entry no 79. Repository: Cory Library, MS 17 631/1. Transcribed by Eileen de Jager and Fay Lea as part of the eGGSA Project, from photographs by William Jervois
    Notes 
    • 19 Apr 1888
      1888, April 19
      Bourchier Bowker
      aged: Full, Widower
      Farmer
      residence: Signal Kop Albany
      and
      Charlotte Jemima Hallier
      aged: Minor, Spinster, Magistrate
      residence: Signal Kop Albany
      married by Banns by Robert J. Mullins
      groom signature: Bourchier Bowker
      bride signature: Charlotte Jemima Hallier
      witnessed by: J.K.B. Hallier, Alice E Hallier
      Transcriber remarks: Minister's name unclear
      Source: Grahamstown - Christchurch (Anglican), Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. marriage register, 1879-1904, page 41, entry no 79. Repository: Cory Library, MS 17 631/1.
    Family ID F635  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Gladys Elaine Hart,   b. 9 Nov 1884, Cathcart, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1964, Settler's Hospital, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 14 Apr 1914 
    Children 
    +1. John Bourchier Bowker,   b. 13 Dec 1915, Dunskye, Cathcart district Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1991, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F636  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Member of Parliament for Albany.
      Thomas Bourchier BOWKER died 21 July 1964 in the Bedford Hospital, Bedford, Eastern Cape as per "Familia," 1964 Vol 1 Issue 1 Pg 6.

      He was educated in 1907 Marist Brothers, Port Elizabeth, Cape of Good Hope. Between 1936 and 1964 he was M.P. for Albany, Cape Province, Republic of South Africa.
      He was educated Hon.Dr.LLB, in 1964 Rhodes University, Grahamstown, Albany, Republic of South Africa. He was educated Rockliffe School, Sidbury, Cape of Good Hope. He was Orange River Irrigation Scheme. He was an Ostrich Farmer with Norman White until the feather slump in 1914.
      "Thomas Bourchier BOWKER, M.P. for Albany since 1936, had just applied for membership to the GSSA when he died suddenly of a stroke in the Bedford Hospital on the 21st July 1964. Affectionately known as Uncle Tom. He was the son of Bouchier BOWKER and was born in Bedford on 28th September 1889. He married Gladys Elaine HART who predeceased him earlier this year. They leave two sons and a daughter.
      Tom Bowker worked for many years on the Orange River Irrigation Scheme and was at last successful in getting the Government to take up this work with its series of dams and waterways.
      He was also the prime mover in the 1820 Settler Monument now being built in Grahamstown. Unfortunately he did not live to see these two projects realised.
      I.B.M".

      "1. Went to Rockcliffe School, Sidbury then wrote matric at Marist Brothers, Port Elizabeth in 1907. Ostrich farming with Norman White until the feather slump of 1914. Then Sheep Farming.
      MP for Albany 1936 - 1964. Hon. Dr. of Law from Rhodes University in 1964.
      2. He was the founder of the 1820 Settler Monument in Grahamstown for which he personally canvassed great sums of money. Allied to it were the Settler Museum, the Indigenous Nature Reserve and the Student Bursaries.
      3. He published many books of Settler Memoirs and marked historical Settler sites.

      Extract from 'The Bowkers of Tharfield' by Ivan and Raymond Mitford-Barberton.
      "The passing of the Marketing Act, Children's Act and the string of social legislation which has been placed on the statute books during the Smuts Regime received his particular attention. He was a personal friend of General Hertzog but voted in favour of the Declaration of War on the 4th September 1939. He was Captain on the Reserve of Officers and endeavoured to resign his seat in Parliament and volunteered for active service. General Smuts personally prevented this. He was the first Member of Parliament to take a Military Course at Roberts' Heights during World War II and passed his Captain's examination with merit."

  • Sources 
    1. [S1872] Family Search website, (www.familysearch.org), https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99Z8-19DQ (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S1887] King, Tessa, King, Tessa, (emails on South-Africa-L@rootsweb.com Mailing list).

    3. [S1888] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, F166378 sheet 034.

    4. [S1872] Family Search website, (www.familysearch.org), https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GTWM-9BR6 (Reliability: 3).