David Coombe - portrait by Phillip England, tasmaniantintype.com, 2017.)

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My name is David Coombe.

I'm especially interested in using digital resources to recover stories from 19th century Australia. I am an independent, unfunded, full time researcher.

My current project. One thing and another has led me to Australia's most recognisable colonial artist – Samuel Thomas Gill. He and his art have been the subjects of my study for the last four years. My focus is on S.T. Gill's life and work from his arrival in South Australia in 1839 up to his early time at the Victorian gold rush in 1852-53. I've discovered many fascinating stories behind Gill's art and look forward to sharing them in due course.

My Gill study is often detoured into other colonial characters and subjects of the 1840s and 1850s. I share some of this work through my research journal and on Twitter and Trove lists.

Contact me at: david@coombe.id.au.

Photo credit: My portrait by Phillip England, tasmaniantintype.com, 2017.