Cmdt. Thomas Holden Bowker, J.P.

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Thomas Holden Bowker, Snr. b4

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Mitford Hall, Mitford, Northumberland, England
Death: October 26, 1885 (79)
'Tharfield' Albany District, Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Miles Bowker, SV/PROG and Anna Maria Bowker, SM/PROG
Husband of Julia Eliza Bowker
Father of Emily Atherstone Bowker; Thomas Holden Bowker, Jnr.; Katherine Mitford Bowker; Mary Layard Mitford-Barberton; John Mitford Bowker and 2 others
Brother of Lt. John Mitford Bowker; William Monkhouse Bowker, b2; Miles Brabbin Bowker, b3; Bertram Egerton Bowker, J.P., M.P.; The Hon. Robert Mitford Bowker, J.P. and 6 others

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About Cmdt. Thomas Holden Bowker, J.P.

1820 British Settler


Thomas Holden Bowker 12, together with his parents and 8 siblings, were members of their father, Miles Bowker's Party of 23 Settlers on the Weymouth.

Party originated from Wiltshire.

  • Departed London, 7 January 1820.
  • Arrived Table Bay, Cape Town on 16 April 1820.
  • Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth 15 May 1820.

Area Allocated to the Party : Olive Burn and Tharfield

Children :

  • William Monkhouse Bowker 17
  • Miles Brabbin Bowker 14
  • Thomas Holden Bowker 12
  • Bertram Egerton Bowker 11
  • Robert Mitford Bowker 9
  • Septimus Bourchier Bowker 7
  • Octavius Bourchier Bowker 4
  • Mary Elizabeth Bowker 2
  • Anna Maria Bowker (born at sea).



He was also a member of the 1828 campaign against the M'fecani, and served as Lieutenant, Provisional Colonial Infantry in the 1834-1835 war, as Captain, Grahamstown Native Levy in the war of 1846-1847 and as Commandant of Burghers at Whittlesea in that of 1850-1853. Distinguished himself in action in the Sixth Kaffir War in 1835. . He was Resident Magistrate Kat River Settlement in 1848 and Member of the House of Assembly from 1854 to 1863. Thomas wrote the Journals of the Kaffir Wars, which was never published. He was a noted archaeologist, remembered for his painstaking work in the 1850s, in discovering and excavating numerous prehistoric stone implements near the Fish River. His collection, and notes on entomology are housed in the Albany Museum in Grahamstown. . He founded the town of Queenstown, where there is a Bowker's Park and Bowker's Kop in his remembrance. He was offered the Presidency of the Orange Free State in 1863, but did not accept it. Became a Government Agent at Kimberley, when that 'City of Tents and Tin Shanties' was founded.


Thomas Holden inherited Tharfield


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Cmdt. Thomas Holden Bowker, J.P.'s Timeline

February 24, 1806
Northumberland, England
September 1855
Age 49
Bathurst, Bathurst District, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
March 8, 1857
Age 51
Somerset East, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
April 3, 1860
Age 54
Cape Town, Cape Colony, South Africa
April 26, 1863
Age 57
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
November 18, 1864
Age 58
Kleinmond, Overberg DC, Eastern Cape, South Africa
November 18, 1867
Age 61
Kleinemonde, Eastern Cape, South Africa
August 4, 1869
Age 63
Albany District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
October 26, 1885
Age 79
Cape, South Africa