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Reverend William Bedford junior, c. 1846

Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

watercolour on paper (frame: 53.0 cm x 46.5 cm, sheet: 37.0 cm x 31.0 cm)

William John Pickett Bedford (1805–1869), Anglican minister, was the eldest of three children of Anglican clergyman, William Bedford (1781–1852), and his wife, Eleanor, and came to Van Diemen’s Land with his family in 1823. Like his younger brother, Edward – who later proved to be one of convict artist Thomas Griffiths Wainewright’s most significant patrons and supporters – William was sent back to England for a university education, returning to Van Diemen’s Land in 1831 after a period at St John’s College, Cambridge. William was ordained in Hobart in 1832; he married Mary Anne Banks in Hobart the following year and thereafter took up a living in Campbell Town, remaining there until the 1850s. Bedford returned to England with Mary Anne and their three children in 1859 and became the vicar of Bramford, Sussex. Bedford came to be regarded as ‘a man of rare energy’ for the improvements he made to the church there and for the school he established in the village. He never returned to Australia; he died in Hastings, Sussex, having ‘suffered for some time from an exhausting malady’.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2013

Accession number: 2013.6

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Thomas Griffiths Wainewright (age 52 in 1846)

William John Pickett Bedford (age 41 in 1846)

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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.