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William (1) Bland
Family Name: Bland  Variant Spellings:  
Given Names: William (1)
DOB 5 November 1789
DOD 21 July 1868 
Place of Birth: London, England
Place of Death: Sydney, NSW 
Age at Death: 78
Speciality: Naval surgeon 
Other Occupations: Convict
Spouse: Sarah Henry m.1817 and separated
Eliza Smeathman m.1846
Voyages: "Denmark Hill" arr. Hobart 1814
  • "Frederick" from Hobart arr. Sydney 14 July 1814
  • Came out as: Convict 
    Date Settled Aus: 1814
    Date of Departure:  
    First Registered: 1839 NSW No.33
    Off Register:  
    Addresses: India 1813
  • Sydney, NSW 1814 onwards
  • Positions Held: Surgeon's Mate, RN 1809
  • Surgeon RN 1812
  • Medical Officer, Castle Hill Asylum 1814
  • MLC NSW 1843-1848, 1849-1850, 1858-1861
  • For other positions see ADB
  • Publications: See Ford
    Notes: Son of Dr. Robert Bland, London, and (presumably) brother of Rev. Robert Bland, author of Elements of Latin Hexameters etc.(ADB, Cyclopaedia of Biography)
  • When surgeon RN, convicted of murder Bombay 1813, transported to Sydney 1814, pardoned 1815
  • Imprisoned 12 months in 1818 for a publication offensive to the Governor
  • Successful private practitioner and politician NSW
  • There are numerous article-length biographies of him (most not listed here)
  • Acknowledgments:
    References: Australian Dictionary of Biography
  • Australian Encyclopaedia
  • Dunlop NJ. Peep into the past. Medical Journal of Australia 1924;ii:471-6; 522-9
  • McIntosh AM. Life and times of William Bland. Bulletin of the Post-Graduate Committee in Medicine, University of Sydney, 1954:109-52
  • Lehane, R. Duelling surgeon, colonial patriot. Australian Scholarly Press 2011
  • Ford E. Bibliography of Australian Medicine 1790-1900. Sydney, 1976
  • Ford E. Medical practice in early Sydney. Medical Journal of Australia 1955;ii:41-54
  • Medical Society of Victoria archives file held at Brownless Medical Library, University of Melbourne
  • NSW Colonial Secretary Index website [convict Bombay transported on "Frederick", Surgeon RN, Surgeon Castle Hill Asylum, pardon 1815]
  • Cyclopaedia of Biography. London, 1858 [Rev Robert Bland b.1779 London, son of Dr. Robert Bland eminent physician, d. Leamington 1825, author of Elements of Latin Hexameters etc]
  • Navy List 1814 [William Bland, Surgeon 1 December 1812]
  • Portraits: Several portraits are held at the State Library of New South Wales and may be viewed online
    Links to Pictures:  
    Other Links:

    last updated 04-07-2019


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