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  • Title
    Wm. J. Wills, 1834-1861, of the Burke & Wills exploring expedition / [ambrotype photograph attributed to Thomas Adams Hill]
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MIN 50
  • Level of description
  • Date

    [ca. 1860]
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    Photographs - 1 ambrotype, 1/6th (one-sixth) plate - in green leather case with clasp 9.4 x 8.5 cm.

    Explorer William John Wills (1834-1861) joined the Victorian Exploring Expedition (known as the Burke and Wills Expedition) in August 1860. Both Burke and Wills perished at Coopers Creek on the return journey in mid 1861. -- Reference: Australian Dictionary of Biography. Vol.6, 1851-1890. Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 1976.
  • Scope and Content
    Seated half-length portrait
  • Source
    Presented by N. Barnet, Esq. 1921
  • Access Conditions

    Access to this pictures collection via appointment only. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Created before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Titled from accompanying label.
    Attributed to Hill after comparison with printed portraits based on a photograph by Hill cf. William John Wills c.1861, mezzotint engraving, `Phot.d by T.A. Hill Eng.d by H.S. Sadd' (P2/354) and E. Gilks' lithograph of Wills, 1861, 'from a photograph by Hill' (DG P2/24, P2/349).
    The Library also holds albumen photoprints which appear to be copies from the same and similar ambrotypes of Wills (P1/W, ZDL PXX3/f.2a). Also a watercolour on ivory miniature which appears to be based on the photograph in `William Strutt - a collection of drawings ... illustrating the Burke and Wills exploring expedition ... 1860-1861' (ZDL PXX3/cover/b)
    Reference: Faces of Australia : image, reality and the portrait / Richard Neville. Sydney : State Library of New South Wales Press, 1992.
    Digital order no:a128695
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