Daniel Long’s sketchbook dates from 1856 and contains charming watercolours and pencil drawings depicting various locations in Gippsland.
Guilfoyl’s Bluff, Tambo R. [i.e. River] [Gippsland], H2003.91/44
Daniel Rutter Long was born in England and trained as a pharmacist and emigrated with his wife and family to Port Phillip, Victoria in 1840. By 1843 he had his own chemist shop in Bourke Street, later erecting a well known pharmacy on the corner of Bourke and Exhibition streets.
Mossy[?] face, Tambo River [Gippsland, Vic.], H2003.91/42
Retiring from the business in 1857 Long took up painting, sometimes returning to his original profession. He painted hundreds of landscapes in other colonies as well as in Victoria. Long participated in local affairs and was one of the earliest members of the municipal council.
Little Sarah in distrefs [i.e. distress], Tambo River [Gippsland] Jan. 7th 1883, H2003.91/40
In 1859 he was elected mayor and instrumental in the erection of Prahran Town Hall. For many years he was also a member of the Police Court Bench. Daniel Long died at the age of eighty-three in 1886.
Written by Paul Dee
Librarian, Australian History and Literature Team