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Watling, Thomas (1762 - )

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Born: 19 September 1762  Drumfriesshire, Scotland
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.

Career Highlights

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


Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: Rosanne Walker
Created: 30 June 1997
Modified: 28 August 2006

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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