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Diamantina BOWEN

Also known as: née Roma, Contessa Diamantina Roma, Lady Bowen

Born: 1833

Died: 17 November 1893

Additional Information:

1859 - As the Governor's wife, she became First Lady of Queensland on the separation of Queensland from New South Wales.
1864 - The Lady Bowen 'Lying In Hospital' was founded on her initiative which, in 1877, became the Lady Bowen Hospital.


  • Image - Lady Bowen

    Cropped from file stated below. Description: Sir George Ferguson Bowen and Lady Bowen. Date: 1873 Source: Copied and digitised from an image appearing in the Australasian Sketcher, 19 April 1873

    Wikimedia Commons: File:StateLibQld 1 174543 Sir George Ferguson Bowen and Lady Bowen.jpg

  • Image - Lady Bowen Lying-in Hospital

    Description: Lady Bowen Lying-in Hospital at 497-535 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Circa 1912 Date: 19 January 2014, 17:44:13 Source: Lady Bowen Lying-in Hospital on Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, 1912 Author: Unknown author Camera location: 27° 27′ 40.67″ S, 153° 01′ 11.4″ E

    Wikimedia Commons: File:Lady Bowen Lying-in Hospital on Wickham Terrace Brisbane.jpg

  • Document - Contessa Diamantina Roma, Lady Bowen

    Abstract: Contessa Diamantina Roma married Sir George Bowen on 28/04/1856 at Corfu, Ionian Islands. He was appointed first Governor of Queensland and they arrived in Brisbane on December 10, 1859 and declared Queensland a separate state. Lady Bowen was a beautiful, caring, conscientious lady who stimulated the formation of benevolent and charitable organizations in Queensland (eg Lady Bowen Lying-In Hospital, Diamantina Orphanage). The Orphanage became run-down and a new one opened at Woolloongabba, Brisbane. Then in 1901, it was translated into the Diamantina Hospital for Chronic Disease, 1943 the South Brisbane Auxiliary Hospital and ultimately the new Princess Alexandra Hospital in 1956. On her departure in 1868 she was given a very special and exuberant farewell.

    Dr Owen Harris; Chairman, Diamantina Health Care Museum Association Inc

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