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William Charles Windeyer, 1856

an unknown artist

daguerreotype (image: 8.0 cm x 7.0 cm, case: 9.5 cm x 8.5 cm)

Sir William Windeyer (1834-1897) was a politician and judge. One of the first undergraduates to study at the University of Sydney, he developed a particular interest in education and the rights of women - he was responsible for the Married Women's Property Act of 1879, and was Founding Chairman of the university's Women's College. As a young man he worked as a reporter on Henry Parkes's radical liberal newspaper Empire. Windeyer represented West Sydney in the Legislative Assembly intermittently from 1860; in 1876 and 1878-1879 he was attorney general in the Parkes-Robertson coalition. Parkes wrote in Fifty Years in the Making of Australian History (1892) that 'My friend Windeyer was a young man of high spirit, bold and decisive in the common incidents of life, with a strong capacity for public affairs. He would have made as good a soldier as he has made a sound Judge.'

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2009

Accession number: 2009.117

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Artist and subject

Sir William Windeyer (age 22 in 1856)

Donated by

Jim Windeyer (16 portraits)

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Sir William Charles Windeyer, 1892 Tom Roberts
Sir William Charles Windeyer, 1892 Tom Roberts
Sir William Charles Windeyer, 1892 Tom Roberts
Sir William Charles Windeyer, 1892 Tom Roberts

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.