John Bower was employed as Surgeon-Superintendent on three convict ship voyages to Australia -
Voyage of the Emma Eugenia
He was employed on the female convict ship Emma Eugenia to Hobart in 1851. The Emma Eugenia departed London on 30 October 1850 and arrived in Hobart on 7 March 1851. His Medical Journal dated from 25 October 1850 to 15 March 1851.
Voyage of the Pyrenees 1852
On the Pyrenees to Fremantle in 1852. The Pyrenees departed England on 30 April 1853 and arrived on 2 February 1853. The Medical Journal dated from 22 December 1852 to 16 May 1853.
Voyage of the Lord Raglan
He was employed as Surgeon-Superintendent on the Lord Raglan from London to Fremantle arriving 1 June 1858
State Library of Victoria
- Journey of convict ship Lord Raglan from London to Western Australia 1858 : surgeon's diary of the voyage and particulars of convicts transported. transcribed by Tony Satchell.
In the 1861 Census John Bower aged 47, was employed as a surgeon on a vessel. Registration district Queensferry.
He is listed in the Medical Registry of 1865 - Residence Montreal Cottage, Perth, Lic, Royal College Surgeons, Edinburgh 1823 M.D. University of Edinburgh 1823.