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The gates to the St George Showground commemorate Claude Bowhay who was a Shire Councillor and Shire Chairman from 1951 to 1970. He was also a champion Merino sheep breeder.

In 1942-45 he served on Amaroo Shire Council, New South Wales. From 1951 he was a councillor of Balonne shire, Queensland. During his chairmanship (1954-70) the shire (which carried some 10 per cent of Queensland's sheep) became one of the most prosperous in the State. Its electricity scheme was among the largest administered by a local council, and, in Bowhay's term, water supplies were expanded, towns sewered, facilities improved and St George was linked to a bitumen highway. 




Address:Carnarvon Highway, St George Showgrounds, St George, 4487
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.031538
Long: 148.589942
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Gates
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Local


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 5th May, 1980
Front Inscription

The Claude Bowhay Gates

Erected by the Balonne Shire Council

To the memory of Cr. Claude Bowhay, C.M.G.

Shire Councillor 1951 - 1954
Shire Chairman  1954 - 1970
Merino Studmaster 

And opened by Mr. J. Corbett, M.H.R. on 5th May, 1980


Source: MA, ADB
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au