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James Edward BOWLAND (1878-1964)

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James Edward Bowland

James Edward BOWLAND,1 son of George BOLAND (1848-1923) and Janet Ellen GEGG (Snr) (1852-1926), was born in 1878 at the BDM District in Braidwood, NSW.2,3 He was christened in 1878 in an unidentified place or church. He was a butcher .3 He married Annie Beatrice ROBERTS in 1907 at the BDM District in Ashfield, NSW.3

James and Annie had 5 children :

- Arthur Roy BOWLAND, butcher

- Albert James BOWLAND, butcher

- Eileen BOWLAND (b.1919), the last whose youngest child was Helen

The names and birth order of the other two children is not known.3

James died (aged 86) on 2 August 1964 in an unidentified place.3

 

Researcher Helen SUTTON talks about the relationship between her grandfather, Jim BOWLAND and his brother Alf BOWLAND. "...... Alfred, whom I remember quite well. James and Alf were friends as well as brothers and used to visit each other regularly. Alf lived in Burwood which was the next suburb to Enfield where James lived for most of his adult life. We called them real 'bushies' and I can remember a tale of Alf keeping a cow and calf somewhere near his home. In suburban Sydney in the 1950s this must have been quite unusual.

.... Alf's youngest daughter Norma had a small car and used to bring Alf (and her little daughter) to visit Jim".

 

Researcher Helen SUTTON says "The most prominent story though involved George as a drover, taking cattle to the coast - Nowra I think - on round trips that could take up to six months. They lived at that time at Durran Durra (as I remember the story) in a dwelling with newspapers pasted to the inside walls to stop the cold coming through the cracks. ...... a graphic description of a belting my grandfather had received from George as a little fellow of about six or seven. He had spooked his father's horse as he was leaving home on one of these droving trips. George didn't have time to administer the punishment then but didn't forget and carried it out very thoroughly as soon as he returned six months later. My grandfather, Jim, was seventy when I was born and told me this story often and well into his eighties. Perhaps it was a cautionary tale for a little girl to induce her to be good but I think he still thought it was 'a bit tough' all those years later".

 

BOLAND, BOWLAND and in some sources BOLLAND are different spellings of the family name.

 

James' granddaughter, Helen Sutton comments "James had a lifelong passion regarding the treatment of animals and was very distressed by any form of cruelty. He was especially concerned about [the] transport of animals to abbatoirs and holding conditions before slaughter".4

 

Researcher Helen SUTTON talks about her Grandfather Jim and his sister Sarah. "He was certainly very fond of her and was estranged for many years from his brother-in-law Charles ROBERTS (Sarah's husband) because of some cause for belief that Charles had not done the right thing (who knows what) by Sarah. In their old age Jim and Charlie, by then both widowers, became great mates who talked endlessly of 'the good old days' ".

 

Annie Beatrice ROBERTS3,5 was the daughter of Alexander ROBERTS ( - ) and Mary Jane ROBERTS** ( - ).

 

They raised their granddaughter, Helen Sutton from when she was aged 1. She says she "has very clear memories of them both but it was her grandfather James (Jim) who was the storyteller and her dearest companion in those years. He was very fond of a yarn and had many about his life in Braidwood, NSW, his parents and his siblings".4

Citations

1{S0064}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Births (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Births Index : http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/Index/IndexingOrder.cgi/search?SessionID=&event=...). Cit. Date: 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Certificate no : 9703/1878
2{S0064}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Births (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Births Index : http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/Index/IndexingOrder.cgi/search?SessionID=&event=...). Cit. Date: 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration no : 9703 / 1878
3{S0225}, Researcher : SUTTON, Helen re GEGG, BO(W)LAND. Custom Id: SUB010. Cit. Date: 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
4{S0225}, Researcher : SUTTON, Helen re GEGG, BO(W)LAND. Custom Id: SUB010. Cit. Date: 1 July 2009. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Direct testimony by Helen.
5{S0226}, BDM (NSW) Online Birth Index - ROBERTS Search. Cit. Date: 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.

Compiler of this family history is : John Owen

              

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Updated : 23 August 2014