Topic: Ivan Bowen

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Champion Shearer, Sawmiller, NZ Order of Merit

Ivan Bowen - 28 Jan 2007 married to Joyce

Older brother of Ken and Godfrey, Te Puke Sawmill co-owner, Champion shearer and inventor of the Bowen Method of shearing still used to this day in shearing sheds around New Zealand.  In December of 1953 he attempted to beat his record (and his brother Godfreys record total of 456 in 9 hours) against James Tawhai (the best shearer in the Gisborne region) at Ruatoria, he had a bad start when he gashed his left hand. After just a 10 minute break he went on to shear some 262 sheep at a rate of 52 per hour!. 

Ivan was a founding member of the Rotorua Assembly of God church and worshipped there until his death at the age of 91.

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