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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

William John Wills
William John Wills
William John Wills

William John Wills, c. 1861

De Gruchy & Leigh
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Charles Summers

The importance of being bearded

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2012

Joanna Gilmour discovers that the beards of the ill-fated explorers Burke and Wills were as epic as their expedition to traverse Australia from south to north.

The Burke and Wills Monument
The Burke and Wills Monument
The Burke and Wills Monument

The Burke and Wills Monument, 1869

Thomas Foster Chuck
Portrait, albumen paper photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

William John Wills, 2nd in command of the Victorian Expedition
William John Wills, 2nd in command of the Victorian Expedition
William John Wills, 2nd in command of the Victorian Expedition

William John Wills, 2nd in command of the Victorian Expedition, 1860-1861

Henry Samuel Sadd, Fergusson & Mitchell, Melbourne after Thomas Adams Hill
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2007

Horace Spencer Wills and Cedric Spencer Wills
Horace Spencer Wills and Cedric Spencer Wills
Horace Spencer Wills and Cedric Spencer Wills

Horace Spencer Wills and Cedric Spencer Wills, c. 1859

an unknown artist
Portrait, 1/2 plate ambrotype with applied colour in a double elliptical brass matt inside a leather case (without lid)

Gift of T S Wills Cooke 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Egbert Spencer Wills
Egbert Spencer Wills
Egbert Spencer Wills

Egbert Spencer Wills, c. 1870

Wilmot & Key
Portrait, carte de visite photograph, hand coloured on card

Gift of T S Wills Cooke 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Horatio Spencer Wills
Horatio Spencer Wills
Horatio Spencer Wills

Horatio Spencer Wills, c. 1870

Wilmot & Key
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of T S Wills Cooke 2014
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Colin Wills
Colin Wills
Colin Wills

Colin Wills, c. 1940s

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Danina Dupain Anderson 2021. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

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