Convict William Buckley (1780–1857) escaped from custody at the ill-fated settlement at Sorrento in 1803. From then until 1835, when he walked into the camp of John Batman, Buckley lived with Aboriginal people.

The painting is after a lithograph of Buckley by Ludwig Becker, drawn for the frontispiece to a version of Buckley's story as narrated to John Morgan titled: The life and adventures of William Buckley : thirty-two years a wanderer amongst the aborigines of the then unexplored country round Port Phillip, now the province of Victoria. This engraving was based upon a drawing by Nicholas Chevalier (1828–1902), which in turn was based upon Becker's lithograph.


  • Title: William Buckley
  • Date: ca. 1890–1910
  • Provenance: Gift of The Friends of the La Trobe Library, 1967.
  • Rights: This work is out of copyright. No copyright restrictions apply.
  • lithograph: Painting
  • View more information about this image in the State Library Victoria catalogue: http://search.slv.vic.gov.au/MAIN:SLV_VOYAGER1664332
  • View a full-size version of this image: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/111679
  • Physical dimensions: 88.7 x 68.4 cm. (sight), in frame 104.0 x 84.0 x 5.0 cm.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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