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Private Alexander Bowie (c1795......1887)


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  • Born : c1795, enlisted , discharged
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  • Where Born : Cesiewoll?, Perth(shire)
  • Occupation : Cotton spinner / Soldier
  • Regimental Number : 167
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  • Rank on Discharge : Private
  • Date of Enlistment : 31 May 1815
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  • Date of Discharge : 30 April 1841 at Parramatta.
  • Died : 3 January 1887
  • Where Died / Buried :Macquarie Street Asylum, Parramatta aged 91/ 4 January 1887 Presbyterian section, Rookwood Cemetery
  • Parents Names : William Bowie (b........d.) and Ann Donaldson (b........d.)
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    Before serving in Australia the 80th Regiment was stationed in Ireland following years of service in Malta. Assembling at Cork before disembarkation, the Regiment was divided into seventeen detachments which were assigned to convict ships as guards. These detachments sailed at various dates between 13.11.1836 and 18.12.1838. The Regimental Headquarters of the 80th was first established at Sydney was later moved to Parramatta. The Regiment provided a number of officers and 56 of it's rank & file for Mounted Police duties. Detachments were posted to most of the stations and out-stations including Norfolk Island where the men faced the task of putting down a convict riot. After long delays the 80th Regiment marched out of the old George Street Barracks in Sydney and embarked for Calcutta on 16.8.1844
    Was a Private Regimental no. 167. Embarked 23.7.1836 for Australia.
    Apr - Jun 1838 Hassan Wells
    Jan - Sep, 1839 Norfolk Island (Riot)\
    Oct - Dec 1839 ?????
    Jan - 22nd March 1840 - Sydney
    On General Pass from 22nd - 31st March, 1840 , 1st April -30th June, 1840 , 1st July - 30th Dec 1840 , Jan - March 1841 ???? , 1st April - 30th April 1841 , Discharged 30th April, 1841
    Captain (Samuel) Charles bought and named his property "Eureka". He had the place subdivided and he secured an old pensioner Alexander Bowie "Old Sandy" to take charge of a little school on the estate. "Sandy" was a Waterloo veteran and he drew his Imperial pension regularly at Kiama Post Office. For many years, too, he was bugler for the Kiama Volunteers. The Garden of New South Wales by Arthur Cousins 1948
    Alexander Bowie died 3.1.1887 at Macquarie Street Asylum, Parramatta aged 91, born at Scotland. Died of senile decay, suffered several months, C. E. Rowling medical attendant, buried 4.1.1887 Presbyterian section, Rookwood Cemetery, undertaker was Jordan Sparks, witnesses William Baker & Robert Brown. NSW BDM index died aged 91 years, 1887 Rg Parramatta
    The Macquarie Street Asylum was formerly the convict barrack build in 1819-1820 to provide accommodation for the convict working gangs. Some were housed here while working on the Lennox Bridge over the Parramatta River. When transportation ceased it was used as a military hospital. In 1867 it became an Erysipelas (St Anthonys Fire) Hospital St Patricks records 39 patients from this institution who died between 1876 and 1882. Later it became a home for indigent old men. It was demolished in 1935 leaving only the brick wall along the northern boundary line of the original barracks. It was located in Macquarie Street, on the north eastern corner of Barrack Lane 0 The second male asylum in Macquarie Street (the old military hospital) housed 296 men in 1891. Was a former convict barrack constructed in 1820 when transportation ceased was used as a military hospital and later a home for indigent old men. Demolished in the early 1930's Photo on pg 66 in Cradle City of Australia 994.
    Was known as the Macquarie Street Asylum for Infirm and Destitute See pgs 231-232 of Parramatta A Past Revealed Bowie buried Rookwood, Presbyterian Cemetery, Section 5B, No 6383. No other person buried in this grave, no owner of the grave.Not in - Probate, AGCI, BDM index - marriages or father of children, 1828 census, 1841 census, 1856 E.R, 1859-1860 E.R., K.I. index or "Blue Haven", or Correspondence 1826-1837Article on 80th Reg on pg 2 of 1/7/1844 "Australian Received pension of 1/0\'bd paid quarterly - Sydney - 80th Regiment He joined the 80th two weeks before Waterloo, the 80th were not at Waterloo
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