If you’re an Adelaide resident or are looking to move to the area, you may known Bowden as a pleasant suburb which has recently thrived with an increasing sense of community. However, how much do you know about the history of Bowden? There are so many interesting things to learn about this area and how it has developed into the place it is today.
Where is Bowden?
Bowden is an inner Northern suburb of Adelaide, situated in South Australia. It’s within the city of Charles Sturt. It’s easy to get to Bowden and it enjoys a whole host of public transportation options. To head to and from Bowden, you can choose to use the train, bus, tram or drive. The area’s streets are also ideal for strolling along or riding your bicycle around.
In the Beginning
In 1839, James Hurtle Fisher named the area after his native village in Northamptonshire. Fisher entered into a contract with John Wright (namesake of Wright Street) which saw Wright purchase two sections of land where Fisher could take up residence and rent with a right of purchase.
1854 saw the Battle of Bowden and in 1863 there was a significant fire in one of the area’s steam flour mills. The area grew in a number of industry and over the years has housed gasworks, brick works and glassworks.
Infrastructure here was developed over the years and the accessibility to Adelaide’s Central Business District meant that it gradually became a popular area for people to live and a base by which to travel to and from the city.
A Sense of Community
Bowden has a number of community bases which have grown over the decades. From the Adelaide Bike Kitchen which teaches people to maintain and build their own bicycles, to the development of several art spaces and galleries on Fifth Street, there’s a real sense of creativity and craftsmanship that arises here.
Since the 1800s the church has played a key part in the area and in the present day, Activate sits on the corner of Drayton and Hawker Street.
Land battles are no longer with parks and public spaces allowing people to live happily alongside one another. In Kevin Taylor Park (named after a renowned landscape architect), structures including a steel pavilion, chess set and table tennis table were built using recycled materials. Parfit Square is the largest park in the area and Emu Park was recently upgraded and reopened.
With the recent opening of Plant 4, the sense of community and togetherness are set to continue to develop and maintain Bowden’s reputation as a wonderful place to be.