Bowser, Sir John

Born 26 August 1856 (London)
Died 10 June 1936. (Wangaratta)
Parents: John Henry, Indian Army officer, and Marion
Marriage: 1914, Frances Rogers
Occupation: Journalist
Religion: Presbyterian
Education: Local school, Bacchus Marsh; studied journalism at Edinburgh University

Career: Arrived Melbourne in infancy; family settled Bacchus Marsh 1861; joined Bacchus Marsh Express, went to Scotland, worked on newspapers and studied; returned Aust. and settled Wangaratta c1880; became part proprietor Chronicle and eventually chairman of directors. President Country Co-operative Press Association; owned farm at Wangaratta, KB 1927.

Party: National

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLAWangaratta and RutherglenOctober 1894 May 1906 
MLAWangarattaJune 1906 March 1927 
MLAWangaratta and OvensJuly 1927 November 1929 

Appointments: Minister Public Instruction and vice-president Board land & Works 31 Oct 1908-8 Jan 1909; premier, chief secretary and minister Labour 29 Nov 1917-21 Mar 1918; chief secretary and minister Public Health 21 Mar 1918-27 June 1919; Speaker 1924-1927
References: Australian Encyclopaedia (ed. A.H. Chisholm), 10 vols, Sydney, 1958; Argus, 11 June 1936; Wangaratta Chronicle, 13 June 1936
Initial data source: Thomson, K & Serle, G, 'A Biographical Register of the Victorian Legislature 1851-1900', ANU Press, 1972
Last update: 1972 (last date the record was checked and updated)

*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.