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A sculpture commemorates Lady Diamantina Bowen, the wife of the first Governor of Queensland, Sir George Ferguson Bowen. The sculpture was created by sculptor Phillip Piperides in 1989 for the Greek Community Centre, South Brisbane, Queensland.  In June 2009, it was moved to Old Government House at Queensland University of Technology. 

Lady Diamantina Bowen (c. 1832/1833–1893) was a noble from the formerly Venetian Ionian Islands who became the wife of Sir George Ferguson Bowen, the first Governor of Queensland. The Contessa Diamantina di Roma was born in the United States of the Ionian Islands, then a British protectorate, today in Greece.  On 28 April 1856 at the Palace of St Michael and St George in Corfu, Diamantina married Sir George Ferguson Bowen, who was political secretary of the British Protectorate, and a former Rector of the Ionian Academy. 

Diamantina worshipped in the Greek Orthodox church during retirement in London, suggesting she maintained her connection to her religious roots throughout her life, despite so many years spent in British colonies. Diamantina died at Bethnal Green, London, England on 17 November 1893.


Address:Blackall Lane, QUT Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane, 4000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.477687
Long: 153.029401
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Monument Designer:Phillip Piperides


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 22nd September, 1989
Front Inscription

Lady Diamantina Bowen
1833 - 1893
 Greek Born
Wife Of Sir George Ferguson Bowen First Governor Of Queensland

Unveiled By His Excellency the Honourable Sir Walter Campbell, A.C., O.C. Governor Of Queensland On 22nd September 1989

Donated To The People Of Queensland By Angelo A. Efstathis, C.B.E.

Source: MA
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