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William Buelow Gould's Sketchbook of Fishes


​​A​bout the sketchbook​

The Sketchbook of fishes is in the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts. It contains thirty-six watercolour paintings. ​​​ 

View the sket​chboo​k online ​​


Gould's fish: a short film

In 2013 filmmaker Bernard Lloyd began a collaborative project with the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts to explore Gould's sketchbook, its fishes, and the man who painted them

​​Richard Flanagan's Gould's Book of Fish

The work inspired Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan to write his novel, Gould's Book of Fish: a novel in twelve fish, published in 2001.

UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register

Gould's Sketchbook of fishes was part of the National Treasures: From Australia's great libraries exhibition in 2007. In 2011 it was recognised as a document of world significance.  It is now on the UNES​CO Australian Memory of the World Register.

William Buelow Gould: the convict artist

William Buelow Gould (c1801-1853) was transported to Van Diemen's Land in 1827. While under sentence at Macquarie Harbour he was instructed to paint botanical and fish species. Read more about Gould