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Blog post from Monday, 21 July, 2014

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.

This daguerreotype from 1845 is the earliest known surviving photograph taken in Australia and is from the collections of the State Library of New South Wales. See more about the photograph collections in the Discover Collections feature on photography.