In 1972 the Sydney Press reported the fate of Dr Bowman's splendid residence with such headlines as "Dog racing put before old mansion", "History stands in way of expressway", "Fight to save another battered piece of history", and, with Members of Parliament describing the house as "of little interest" and "decrepit".
Mary, wife of John Verge. She was the daughter of John Alford and Janr (nee Camm), and was the common-law wife of John Clegg, innkeeper of Botany when she met John Verge. Verge already had a wife behind in England, so John and Mary were only able to marry in later years.
Barham, Darlinghurst, NSW, 1845. Barham was built in 1833 by John Verge, for Colonel Kenneth Snodgrass. Like the other villas of Darlinghurst, it was in the locale designated by Governor Darling for high ranking civil servants. For 40 years Barham was the residence of Sir Edward Deas Thomson, the Colonial Secretary. In 1900, the house became part of the Sydney Church of England School for Girls. It still exists, much altered.