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 William Buelow Gould (1801 - 1853) 

William Buelow Gould (1801-1853), was born in Liverpool, England. He is said to have been a porcelain painter at Spode's factory, a pupil of William Mulready, R.A., and to have worked for Rudolph Ackermann in the Strand. By 1826 he was married with two children, and on 7 November of that year he was charged at Northampton quarter sessions with having by 'force of arms stolen one coat' and was sentenced to 'seven years beyond the seas'. He had a previous conviction for stealing 'colours.


He arrived at Hobart Town  in December 1827 and was sent to work at the brickfields. His record in Van Diemen's Land was never good, frequent offences being stealing and drunkenness. In June 1829 he was sentenced to three years at Macquarie Harbour for passing a forged Derwent Bank note. He was sent in the brig Cyprus. While weather-bound in Recherche Bay half the convicts mutinied and took the brig. The other convicts, including Gould, were marooned with the officers. Gould was one of a party which went overland to obtain help. Lieutenant-Governor (Sir) George Arthur ameliorated the sentences of the obedient convicts, and Gould was assigned to Dr James Scott, colonial surgeon. While with Scott he painted botanical specimens which are perfect in technical detail. In 1832, after more offences, Gould was again sentenced to Macquarie Harbour where he painted many more exquisite water-colours of flowers, birds and fishes. His sketches of Macquarie Harbour itself provide a unique topographical record of the settlement. When the Macquarie Harbour penal settlement was abandoned Gould was sent to Port Arthur, where he received his certificate of freedom on 25 June 1835.


After working briefly for Henry Palmer, coachbuilder, of Launceston, he returned to Hobart, where in December 1836 he married Ann Reynolds. In the next years he painted many game, fish and flower studies in oils, some good, some indifferent. He became a confirmed drunkard and, between sentences, lived with his wife and family in abject poverty. He died on 11 December 1853 from natural causes at his home in Macquarie Street.

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