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Biographical entry Brierly, Oswald Walters (1817 - 1894)

Born
19 May 1817
Chester, Cheshire, England
Died
14 December 1894
Occupation
Marine artist

Summary

Oswald Walters Brierly accompanied Owen Stanley on the survey expedition in 1848 around the Barrier Reef and New Guinea, and later joined H. Keppel in HMS "Meander" cruising in the Pacific. He again visited Australia in 1867-8 while travelling on the HMS "Galatea".

Details

Born Chester, England, 19 May 1817. Died London, 14 December 1894. Knighted 1885. Educated Henry Sass's art school, Bloombsbury Street, London, studied naval architecture and possibly navigation at Plymouth. Arrived Sydney on the "Wanderer", under Benjamin Boyd, 1842; manager, Boyd's pastoral and whaling business 1842-48; surveyed the Barrier Reef, the Louisiade Archipelago and part of the New Guinea coast with Own Stanley in the "Rattlesnake" 1848-50; returned to England on "Meander" 1850-51, sketching in many of the ports of call; "Brief Geographical Sketch of the Friendly Islands, with an account of the visit of H.M.S. Meander, to the Island of Tongatabu, June, 1850" printed in the "Journal of the Royal Geographic Society" 1852; commissioned as a war artist by "Illustrated London News" during the Crimean war 1854-55; several commissions for the royal family; several cruises with the duke of Edinburgh 1863-69, including around the world trip in the "Galatea" which called in at various ports in Australia; marine painter to Queen Victoria and to the Royal Yacht Squadron from 1874; curator of the Painted Hall at Greenwich from 1881. A small island in the Louisiade Archipelago is named after him.

Archival resources

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Oswald Walters Brierly - Records, 1842 - 1894, ZA501-49; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Oswald Walters Brierly - Records, 1842 - 1894, MS 336; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Published resources

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.