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Jeremiah Ware, c.1854

Robert Dowling

oil on board (support: 34.0 cm x 29.0 cm)

Jeremiah Ware (1792–1878), free settler and landowner, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land in 1822 with his wife, Mary (née Brooks, c. 1789–1858) and their eldest four children. A further four children were born to Jeremiah and Mary in the colony. The family settled in Hobart, Jeremiah initially trading in general merchandise before being appointed the head of the government’s Ordinance Stores. In the early 1830s, Ware acquired a property, Dungrove, in the Bothwell area, and within a decade he had developed it into a substantial farming and grazing enterprise. By the time he put Dungrove on the market, in 1856, it was advertised as ‘containing about 3,000 acres of fine grazing land’ plus ‘one thousand five hundred fine-woolled clean sheep and fifty head of cattle’. Jeremiah and Mary returned to Hobart when the property was sold and settled in a home in New Town. Mary died in Hobart in July 1858. Jeremiah remarried in 1860, and died at his home in New Town in August 1878, aged 87.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Mary Isabel Murphy and Rosalind Blair Murphy 2014

Accession number: 2014.23

Currently on display: Gallery Three (Robert Oatley Gallery)

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Artist and subject

Robert Dowling (age 27 in 1854)

Jeremiah Ware (age 62 in 1854)

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1. Mary Ware, c.1854. All Robert Dowling.
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