Lewin, John William

Australia's first professional artist. A talented artist with an interest in scientific studies, Lewin decided to travel to Australia to paint its natural history. He arrived in Sydney in 1800 and was encouraged by patrons including Governor Philip Gidley King, Governor Lachlan Macquarie, William Paterson and Sir Joseph Banks. He published Australia's first illustrated book 'Birds of New South Wales' in 1813. In 1810 Governor William Bligh appointed him to the role of coroner in the town of Sydney and of the County of Cumberland, which he held until his death in 1819. The headstone to his grave was moved from the Devonshire Street Cemetery to Pioneer Memorial Park in Botany Cemetery in 1976.

Milestone
Born
1770
Arrived Sydney
11 Jan 1800
Died
27 Aug 1819
Buried
30 Aug 1819
Buried
1820
Buried
1901
Occupation
Position
Town of Sydney, and the County Cumberland
Oct 1810 - Aug 1819