Meadowbank Public School

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Thistle Street, Ryde (02) 9809 3648


Meadowbank classes have been named after notable people and places in Ryde’s early history.

Thomas Bowden had been master of the Great Queen Street Charity School in London, and was recommended to take charge of a charity school in Sydney. He accepted the offer of an annual salary of one hundred pounds and took charge of the school at Ryde in 1812. He was the highest paid teacher in the colony, and also developed various business interests. As well as his extensive educational work, Bowden also crusaded for Methodism. He lived at "Addington".

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