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Blog post from Tuesday, 21 July, 2015

On this day, 21 July 1868, Dr William Bland died in Sydney.

William Bland was a transported convict, a medical practitioner, politician, farmer and inventor in colonial New South Wales.

The image on the left is a daguerreotype from 1845 and is the earliest known surviving photograph taken in Australia.

It is from the collections of the State Library of New South Wales.

See more about the photograph collections of the State Library in the Discover Collections feature on photography.

[Dr William Bland, ca. 1845 - portrait] Probably produced between November 1844 and early January 1845 – Alan Davies, then Curator of Photographs, State Library of NSW, 1993.

[Dr William Bland / watercolour drawing by Richard Read] Dated 1845-1849, between the year that George Goodman took the daguerreotype on which this image was based, and the year it was possibly exhibited in Sydney in a Society for the Promotion of Fine Arts exhibition.