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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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Artist and subject

Charles Woolley (age 32 in 1866)

William Lanne (age 32 in 1866)

Subject professions

Indigenous identity

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