Wall, William S. (William Sheridan) (1815-1876)

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W., W. S. (1815-1876)
Wall, William S. (1815-1876)
Wall, William S. (William Sheridan)
Wall, William Sheridan (1815-1876)
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Naturalist; Museum curator; Artist; Printmaker; Curator
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curator of the Australian Museum from 1845 to 1858. Wall contributed natural history drawings on a regular basis to the first series of the Illustrated Sydney News.

natural history artist, collector and curator, was born in Dublin, Ireland, on 22 October 1815, son of William Wall. According to his son, Wall studied anatomy under Professor Robert Harrison at Trinity College, Dublin, before coming to Sydney in 1840 with his brother Thomas where both worked as naturalists at the Australian Museum. W.S. Wall succeeded W.B. Clarke as curator in 1845 and continued in this position throughout the 1850s. His numerous curatorial duties included preparing and mounting the skeleton of a whale, a most popular attraction when exhibited outside the museum in 1849 50. Wall lent a watercolour view by G.F. Angas to the 1854 Australian Museum Exhibition. It depicted Thomas’s grave, his brother having died on the 1848 expedition to Cape York under Edmund Kennedy . With it Wall exhibited the two lithographs after his sketches of whale skeletons as reproduced in his History and Description of a New Sperm Whale (Sydney 1851), 'printed, illustrated and bound in the colony’. He was awarded a bronze medal for his book and a silver medal for 'services’ by the commissioners to the following Paris Exhibition, where his book was again displayed. The Mitchell Library’s copy is from the library of George Bennett , the museum’s first curator, who had it rebound and retitled Macleay’s Sperm Whale , gluing to the front end-paper a lengthy review from the Sydney Morning Herald (26 April 1851) which hinted that the text was not Wall’s unaided work. Whatever his inadequacies as a scientist Wall ...

  • 1840 Sydney, NSW

Flourished

  • fl. 1840 - 1858

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William Wall was engaged as a naturalist with the Australian Museum in c.1842 and was subsequently curator 1845-1859. He published natural history articles in the "Illustrated Sydney News" during the 1850s and retired in 1859.

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Design and Art Australia Online

  • Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
  • Paris Exhibition
  • (see also) For 'services' by the commissioners to the Paris Exhibition
  • (see also) Paris Exhibition
  • (see also) Wall, Thomas
  • (see also) Clarke, W. B.
  • (see also) Bennett, George
  • (see also) Imperial and Royal Geographical Society of Austria

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Wall, William Sheridan
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Wall, William Sheridan - Ms 19
    Published: Australian Academy of Science, 1994
    Series: Listing of Adolph Basser Library holdings
  3. William Sheridan Wall and the Australian Museum
    Whitley, G. P.
    Published: 1965
    Series: Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, 42-44
  4. Adolph Basser Library Manuscript Collection
    Smith, Ailie
    Published: eScholarship Research Centre, 2012

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