Bowden's Cottage was home to Jack and Vera Bowden and their family who came to the Barossa Goldfields in 1931. At that time, it consisted of an old tent and a one-room stone dwelling. However, the Bowdens felt good being back in the bush although they had to walk to either Williamstown or Gawler to get supplies and cooked meals over an open campfire.
The cottage was later extended to include extra rooms. Stones were chipped to make bricks, and water and sticky yellow clay were used to bind the stone for the walls. Once the walls were complete, work started on the roof. Good, strong and straight mallee wood was cut to affix the roof to. The Bowdens lived in the cottage until 1957.
In 1993, the ruined cottage was restored by members of the Barossa Goldfields Historical Society. They met every Tuesday for working bees until it was rebuilt. The extension is currently used as a museum telling the story of when gold was discovered in the area. The gold rush attracted over 4000 people. A display of gold mining equipment can be seen in the museum, among other displays.
You can visit the cottage on Tuesdays between 9am and 12pm or third Sundays of the month between 1pm and 4pm. The society also holds an annual open day in September. More details on their website.