Vincent James DOWLING, b. 11th January 1835, Flinton NSW, d. 5th November 1903, ...


Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre


Vincent James DOWLING, b. 11th January 1835, Flinton NSW, d. 5th November 1903, "Neotsfield", Singleton NSW

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Vincent Dowling began his working life as a jackeroo on "Pomeroy Station" near Goulburn, New South Wales, in 1852. From that time on he moved about the country doing a number of jobs. These included the following :
- Landholder in the New England District of New South Wales.
- Droving cattle from the New England district to Melbourne in 1857-58.
- Droving cattle from Mudgee to Bourke, New South Wales in 1859.
- Droving sheep from Mudgee to Bourke in 1860.
Vincent leased land at Fort Bourke and Yantabulla, New South Wales, and at Ciawaroo (Paroo River) and at Thargomindah Stations, Queensland. An entry in Vincent's diary on a droving trip in 1857 from New England to Melbourne reads : " Cootamundra : Dismissed Wilson without pay; sleeping on watch".
Another entry dated 31/12/1861 reads : " Came to Dubbo for night. Dubbo dreadful place, everyone drunk and fighting."
Vincent Dowling explored the Paroo River in New South Wales and Queensland in 1860, and the Bulloo River in 1862. He founded "Thargomindah Station", Queensland, in 1865. Vincent's brother, John Francis, was speared by Aborigines at Arndoo, near Thargomindah. It was rumoured that the spear was intended for Vincent.
SERVICE DISTRICT: Amateur dentist and doctor in Thargomindah QLD, Magistrate in Bourke NSW, Shire Councillor in Bourke NSW 1862-1870

Subject and Association Description

Ancestors: Grandparents - Vincent George married ?
Parents: Willoughby James Dowling married Lilias Dickson
Siblings: John Francis and Susan Emily
Married: 4th May 1866, Cooks River NSW
Spouse: Francis Emily Breillat
Children: Eilius Mary, Ethel Maud, Willoughby Vincent, George Henry, George Robert, Ruth Beatrice, Elsie Louise and Frank Osborne
Resided: 1845: Sydney NSW|1849: Bathurst NSW|1852: "Pomeroy Station", Goulburn NSW|1857: Armidale NSW|1860 - 1879: Bourke NSW and Thargomindah QLD|1903: "Lue", Rylstone NSW

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Paul Dillon 12 Feb 2019 11:37 AM,UTC

I am researching Vincent James Dowling's history and background. Please contact me per email if you can assist? Would Peter Dowling contact me re his comments about VJD and the Aborigines? cheers

Peter Dowling 05 Aug 2018 10:16 AM,UTC

VJD had a very poor relationship with the first nations of SW Queensland. He arguably does nor deserve to be included in the Stockman's Hall of Fame.



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