William Bland

(1789—1868) medical practitioner and politician in Australia

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(1789–1868), born London, trained in medicine and became a naval surgeon. As a result of a duel Bland was transported for seven years to NSW, where he had a stormy career, being sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment (1818–19) for publishing ‘pipes’ lampooning Governor Lachlan Macquarie. As medical practitioner, philanthropist, political reformer, promoter of education and enthusiastic transportationist, Bland was a considerable force in the colony. He edited the exploration journals of W.H. Hovell and Hamilton Hume (qq.v., 1831).

From The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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