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Biographical entry Watling, Thomas (1762 - )

Born
19 September 1762
Drumfriesshire, Scotland
Occupation
Artist

Summary

Thomas Watling was a convict who was transported to Sydney in 1791 for forgery. His artistic talents were used by the surgeon-general, John White, an ardent naturalist. Most of his surviving work is in the so-called Watling Collection in the zoological library of the British Museum (Natural History); many of the natural history drawings are extensively annotated in John White's hand.

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1791
Life event - Transported to Australia for forgery
1795
Career position - Probably assigned to the judge-advocate David Collins
1796
Life event - Conditional pardon received
1797
Life event - Absolute pardon granted
1801 - 1803
Career position - Miniature painter in Calcutta, India
1803 - c. 1806
Career position - Artist in Scotland

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

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