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George F. Bowen

Melbourne Rules - Challenge Cup Competition.
First Committee 1864 and 1865, 1866
Original Carlton player
Born: 07 June 1846 Sydney
Died: 14 February 1908 Jolimont
Career: 1863? (see below) -1864-1866

There is evidence that George may have taken part in the first ever game between Scotch College and Melbourne Grammar in 1858.
Click here to go to the Scotch College web page to see a list of players who took part>
Bowen aka "Olympus" mentions attending Scotch College 1858 - 1860 (Melbourne Punch July 07 1887 p9)

1864 George Frederick Bowen was one of the pioneer players.
Listed as a player 1864, 1865, and 1866.

1866 July 07
Bowen was named captain of the Carlton Second Twenty that played East Collingwood at Princes Park.

George Bowen was also one of the pioneer players of the Carlton Cricket Club.

Bowen wrote in his column in the Melbourne Punch May 21 1891 that he began his sports writing career in the newspaper 'Bell's Life in Victoria' in the early 1860's.

Could this be George Bowen? (He would have 35 in 1881)
From a 1881 team photo of former Carlton players. See October 1881

Carlton player and club president Robert Robertson writing about George Bowen in 1877.
Trove; Melbourne Punch May 21 1891

1891 May 05
The Argus Classified Advertisements (p8)
SPORTING EDITOR & WRITER, "Nunquam Dormio," "Olympus," open to ENGAGEMENT.
George F. Bowen, McCracken-street, Kensington.


George writing under his pen-name of "Nunquam Dormio" for the Daily News in Perth on May 03 (p2) and writing about the coming season said;
"Essendon will be a hard nut to crack this season; so will Geelong and South Melbourne, but there has been a lot of dissension among my old club fellows the Carlton (I was one of the original eight who started it in 1862; that's the day before yesterday, is it not?), and they will have to depend upon their juniors this year to pull them through."
(Blueseum's emphasis)
To read George's article click here>


The Inquirer & Commercial News (p13) June 19 (Perth W.A.)
The paper's sporting writer going by the name "Nunquam Dormio" (Latin: I never sleep) writing about the numbers of players on the ground, says;
"Being one of the earliest exponents of the Victorian game (a playing member of the Carlton first 20 in 1863-4), and having been intimately associated with the building up thereof, I am qualified to write with an air of authority on this particular subject; and I have come to the conclusion that the Australian (or, more correctly the Victorian) game would be a far more scientific one, and afford greater pleasure to the general public, were the numbers restricted to 15 a side."
(Blueseum's emphasis)
Another tantalising hint that the club predates 1864.
To read this, and other football issues in the article, click here>

1896 July 30
The Western Argus reported that George Bowen alias Nunquam Dormio is editor of Bell's Life in Western Australia.


George came to the aid of a elderly tobacco salesman who had dropped his products on the footpath in Elizabeth Street, but he was mistaken as a thief!
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A death notice in the West Australian 22 February 1908 (p1) says George Fredrick Bowen alias Nunquam Dormio died February 14 aged 61.
So George Bowen, a founding member of the Carlton Football Club, says that the club was up and running prior to 1864!
To see George's Death Notice click here>
To read the Coroner's findings click here> this article gives the date of death as 13 February and George's age as 62.
Scotch College gives George's birth around 1846 making him 62.
See Formation of the Club for other references that allude to the earlier establishment of the football club.

George wrote for newspapers under psuedonym of "Nunquam Dormio - I never sleep", also "Olympus" for the Victorian & West Australian press and also for the Otago Witness (NZ).
He died 13 February 1908 from accidental posioning aged 62 years.


The Daily News (Perth) reported on George's death.
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The Argus' report of City Coroner's findings.
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