About the project

Michael Bowden, OAM, was a unique man who lived a full Australian life; physically strong and intellectually determined, he was defined not by strength but by decency.

Michael Bowden's philosophy of continual growth carried through every stage of his acclaimed life - from his premiership victory in the 1969 VFL Grand Final with Richmond Tigers to the Australia Day honour he received in 2020 for his work supporting remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.

Since his passing in April 2020 to motor neurone disease a groundswell of support from within the Northern Territory community and wider Australian sporting community has grown for Michael's legacy to be honoured.

In consultation with O'Loughlin Catholic College contributions to the ASF Fundraising Campaign are being sort to renovate the O'Loughlin College's Football Oval and establish the Michael Bowden Oval.

The Michael Bowden Oval fundraising campaign is a noble cause, not only to mark the late Michael Bowden’s selfless life but also to ensure his legacy lives on. Generations of future students who use the Michael Bowden Oval will be sharing in the spirit of this great Territorian.

Your donation will ensure that the oval can be renovated to create a vital resource that will support the local Darwin community and serve the Aboriginal communities to create and deliver programs and to promote social inclusion using sport, particularly AFL as the platform.

  • Fr Brian Glasheen

    In memory of Mick a great bloke.

  • Bruce Smith

    A great tribute to a very fine man. As my coach at CFC he left an indelible impression upon me for which I’m very grateful. Bruce Smith

  • Peter Kemp

    Our Club,it's Past Players,Officials and supporters fondly remember our 1975/76 Captain Coach Mike and his family and will always be grateful for his contribution to our rise up the ladder.

  • John Gosling

    So pleased to be able to participate. Gosling Family in Melbourne.

  • Bernie Bicknell

    Great cause for a great man

  • Ian Bowden


  • RayGreatb Wilson

    Great initiative for a great man, the glue of a favourite family

  • Rachel Burchell

    This is a wonderful plan to improve the access to quality sporting facilities for all Australians in Michael's honour. My family wish you all the best with this venture.

  • Mark Nicholson

    A wonderful commemoration to an inspiring man.

  • Peter and Megan Barnett

    Michael was an inspiration for so many people. His early death has robbed the world of a great man. With this donation his name can live on in the NT for generations to come. Vale Michael.

  • Peter Howard

    A great life well lived!

  • Barbara Ford

    Given to assist in the building of this memorial for Mike : in memory of my brother, a fellow MND sufferer: and out of respect and love for a great friend.. Brian McGuinness.

  • russell and margaret huntington

    A great memorial to an exceptional human being

  • Denise Knight

    I worked with Michael at St Joseph's College, Mildura in the early '80s and taught some of his boys. He was a true inspiration and he, Judy and the family are all amazing people who work to bring about a better world. While Michael has gone from us physically, his legacy lives on.

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