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Googleing across the web I came across an interesting bit of infomation about the Lowing "Mob" in Australia. Here is some correspondence I received from the person who put the information on the web.

From "Latham" ( )

The Lowing who was a butcher in Parkes in 1874 was William Alfred Lowing, b. London 1847, parents: William Reeves Lowing and Hannah Bradbrook.

William Alfred and his siblings (Mary Louisa, Ann Susannah, John Thomas, and Elizabeth Emily Lloyd) were baptised at All Souls, St. Marylebone, London on Feb 3, 1853, presumably just before they all boarded ship bound for Australia. There was another baby, Albert Edward, b. London Feb 1853, but apparently not baptised, so may have been born after Feb 3. Albert Edward and his mother died of dysentery shortly after the family arrived in Melbourne.

William Alfred married 16 year old Helen Clara Pringle in Parkes Dec.12, 1874. He went on from being a butcher to buying cattle and becoming an important landowner in the district. William and Helen had 8 children: Annie Georgina, Nellie Frances, Walter Harold, Bertie Macadam, Willie R.P., Barbara Florence, Jessie Gladys, and Alan Hill, who was my father.

William Alfred served two terms as Mayor of Parkes in the 1890s. He went bankrupt in the financial crash of the 1890s as he had borrowed heavily to build up his properties.

He died in Mosman, Sydney Dec.20, 1924. Helen Clara died at Lane Cove, Sydney on Aug. 4, 1951.

Marion Latham

William Alfred certainly founded a 'Lowing Mob' in Australia.

Here is a copy of the original page:

LOWING ("The Lowing Mob") This is Marion's paternal ancestry. There are still many unanswered questions about this family. According to family 'legend', William Reeves Lowing did not get along with his step father and left home as a young teenager. He did not have much contact with his mother after that, but apparently did take his family to visit before they embarked for Australia.

William and Hannah Lowing brought six children to Australia in 1853. The eldest, Mary Louise, was nine years old.  Shortly after their arrival, Hannah, and then the ten month old baby Albert, died of dysentery. The baby died on Christmas Eve.  William did not re-marry and apparently raised his children alone, possibly on farms in northern Victoria.

He eventually went to Parkes, New South Wales, probably following his eldest son, William Alfred. William Reeves died in Parkes and was buried at a small country cemetary at Goobung.

William Alfred began work as a butcher. He began to buy cattle for himself and eventually became a wealthy landowner.  He served two terms as Mayor of Parkes in the 1890s. He had unfortunately borrowed large amounts of money from the banks to finance his properties and lost much of his wealth in the financial 'crash' of the 1890s.

William Alfred Lowing           Helen Clara Lowing
The Lowing home still stands in Parkes

William Alfred and his wife, Helen, had eight children. The youngest, Alan, was Marion's father.

LOWING, John. 
Born: c 1748/49 
Died: c 1816?  
Edmonton, Middlesex, Eng. 
LOWING, William 
Marr.: 9 May, 1813, Holy  
Trinity, Gosport, Ports. 
Died: March 1817 or 1818. 
? , Elizabeth 


LOWING, William Alfred 
Born: 14 April, 1847 
11 Brand St. Marylebone 
Lond. Eng. 
Marr.10 Dec. 1874 
Parkes, N.S.W. Aus. 
(Helen Clara Pringle) 
Died: 20 Dec. 1924, Mosman, N.S.W. Aus. 
LOWING, William Reeves 
Born: June/July 1816 
Marr. 10 Oct., 1841, 
St. Geo. Hanover Square, Lond. (Hannah Bradbrook) 
Died: 11 June, 1879 
Parkes, N.S.W. Aus. 



MARTIN, Nancy (Ann) 
Colchester, Sussex, Eng. 
Marr(2): 1 May, 1820  
Spitalfields, Middlesex, Eng. 
(John Griffiths) 

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