Thomas Bowden

Thomas Bowden (1778 – 1834) schoolmaster, Methodist pioneer
Methodist schoolmaster who was invited to the colony by Reverend Samuel Marsden, and who devoted his life to a wide range of religious, educational and philanthropic duties.

Methodist schoolmaster who was invited to the colony by Reverend Samuel Marsden, and who devoted his life to a wide range of religious, educational and philanthropic duties.
http://about.nsw.gov.au/collections/doc/thomas-bowden/

Thomas Bowden (1778 – 1834), schoolmaster and pioneer Methodist, was born in Devonshire, England. He came from vigorous Puritan stock, and early proved the strength of his religious convictions by preferring dismissal to work on four Sundays in the year. He found his vocation when he opened a school in Exeter. He rose rapidly to become master of Great Queen Street Charity School in London, where he impressed Samuel Marsden with his efficiency and piety. He was invited to go to New South Wales and, when the salary was raised to £100, he accepted. He was the highest paid teacher when he arrived in the colony with his wife and family in the General Graham in January 1812. He was given charge of the more important of the two charity schools in Sydney, where his work met with much approval. Bowden’s zeal for Methodism soon found expression and a class meeting at his home on 6 March 1812 has been accepted as the beginning of the Methodist Church in Australia.
http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/bowden-thomas-1809

Refer also Male Orphan School and the Female Orphan School
https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/male-orphan-school-female-orphan-school/
and
Thomas Bowden was a Methodist schoolmaster who was invited to the colony by Reverend Samuel Marsden, and who devoted his life to a wide range of religious, educational and philanthropic duties.
http://www.dictionaryofsydney.org/person/bowden_thomas

Image Thomas Bowden Retirement Village http://www.unitingcareageing.org.au/facilities_and_services_/north_sydney_region/residential/thomas_bowden?result_29067_result_page=2

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