Dictionary of Sydney

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Balcombe, Thomas Tyrwhitt

Artist and surveyor who worked across south east Australia with Thomas Livingstone Mitchell. His artistic works were well known in colonial Sydney and included sketches, paintings, lithography and wax models. His representations of the gold fields were especially popular. The son of early colonial treasurer William Balcombe, he was born on St Helena where Napoleon had been exiled, and knew the deposed Emperor.

The Briars, island of St Helena
15 Jun 1810
outside his home, Napoleon Cottage, Old South Head Road, Paddington/Woollarhra
13 Oct 1861
15 Oct 1861