Thursday, August 24, 2023


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Celebrating 60 Years Of Bowen History

The Bowen Historical Society and Museum is turning 60 and wants everyone to join in on the celebration!

An idea of three Bowen local men, the Bowen Historical Society and Museum now acts as a beacon for locals and visitors alike, to learn and engage with Bowen’s bountiful history.

The Historical Society was official founded in August 1963, by Victor Jones, Walter Cottrell, and Henry Darwen, who wished to discuss and explore Bowen’s history with likeminded locals.

In its first year, the Bowen Historical Society grew to over 70 members, and soon, locals began gifting antiques and items to Victor, for the Society.

Taking residence in the room above what is now the Department of Transport Centre, the Historical Society soon outgrew the site and went on to build their first museum premise.

“We have gone from strength to strength,” explained Julie Jurgens, Secretary for the Bowen Historical Society and Museum.

“In those days everyone knew the town’s history, preserving and collating pieces of history and artifacts.

“Nowadays, we stand for locals and visitors to come and learn about Bowen.”

Catering for everyone from visitors, locals, and even school groups, the Bowen Museum is a hive of activity and action.

The 60 Years celebrations includes markets tomorrow, and a Social Night next Friday evening, where the Society will share stories of the museum’s history and feature talks from the founders, that have been persevered in the museum.

WHAT: Bowen Historical Society’s Morning Market

WHERE: Museum Grounds

WHEN: Saturday August 26 from 9am

WHAT: Bowen Historical Society Social Night

WHERE: Museum Grounds

WHEN: Friday, September 1 from 7.30pm

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