F. Williams Bawden, mining engineer, lived in Johannesburg and was a member of the Geological Society of South Africa from 1897 to at least 1899 (though no longer in 1906). In 1898 he contributed "A short description of the Klerksdorp goldfields", including a map and sectional drawing, to the society's Transactions (Vol. 3, pp. 12-16). Later in the same year his criticisms of the views of prof. August Prister* on the formation of the Witwatersrand auriferous deposits were published in the same journal (Vol. 4, pp. 43-45).
Bawden was also a member of the Chemical and Metallurgical Society of South Africa (from 1902 the Chemical, Metallurgical and Mining Society of South Africa) from 1899 to at least 1905, though in the latter year his address was not known.