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Dr William Bland, ca. 1845 / photographed by George Goodman | by State Library of New South Wales collection
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Dr William Bland, ca. 1845 / photographed by George Goodman

The oldest known surviving photograph taken in Australia

 

Format: Daguerreotype (ninth plate daguerreotype in Wharton case)

 

Notes: Dr William Bland, an ex-convict, was a prominent surgeon, humanitarian, social reformer and inventor. This daguerreotype is the earliest known surviving photograph taken in Australia. It is probably that mentioned in the Sydney Morning Herald 14/1/1845, p.2, top column 5

 

From the collections of the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales www.sl.nsw.gov.au

 

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