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William Lanne, 1866 (printed 1890s)

Charles Woolley

glass plate negative (sheet: 10.5 cm x 8.2 cm)

William Lanne (ca. 1835-1869), also known as King Billy or William Laney, is said to have been Truganini's third partner. Lanne was captured along with his family in 1842 and taken to the Aboriginal camp at Wybelenna on Flinders Island. He moved for a time to Oyster Cove in 1847, before spending the years until 1851 in a Hobart orphanage. Four years later he joined a whaling ship. Regarded as the last surviving male of the Oyster Cove clan, Lanne died in March 1869 from a combination of cholera and dysentery.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Accession number: 2011.87

Currently not on display

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Charles Woolley (age 32 in 1866)

William Lanne (age 32 in 1866)

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Indigenous identity

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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.