Torso cast

Production date
Mar 2006
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Object detail

Signed fibreglass cast of Matt Bowen's torso, made on 30 March 2006 at Museum of Tropical Queensland, one of six casts made during 'Torso Casting Project' with 'Sports Star Art' which were auctioned to raise funds for 'Archie's Shipwreck Adventure' permanent exhibit. (see further information in H-48197.3: Matt Bowen Authenticity Pack)
CH classification CIVIC MEMENTOES Plaques
Abdomen cast
CH classification RECREATIONS Sport Rugby League
Production date
Mar 2006
Dimensions include support board
Media/Materials description
Fibreglass, wood, steel
History and use
Matt Bowen was considered to be the best attacking player in Rugby League and played fullback or five eighth positions with the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys, Townsville from 2001 to 2013.
Bowen is a member of the Guugu Yimithirr people from the remote community of Hopevale, north of Cooktown. His passion for playing rugby league was enhanced while attending St Teresa's College in Abergowrie near Ingham. His skills were first recognised in 1999 when he played in the Queensland schoolboy’s competition, and he was recruited to play with the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys reserve grade in 2000. At 19 years of age he made his NRL Premiership debut on 17 February 2001 against the Brisbane Broncos.
He appeared in the Cowboys' only NRL Grand Final in 2005. Bowen was twice the NRL's top try scorer for a season in 2005 and 2007 and also named the NRL's best player in his fullback position in the 2007 season. Bowen represented Queensland in the State of Origin competition from 2003 to 2007, and played for Australia in 2004 and 2005. In 2013 he retired from the Australian professional rugby league competition and now plays for English club Wigan Warriors of Super League, but is still one of north Queensland’s favourite sons.
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