Robert DOWLING | The Reverend John West

England 1827 – England 1886
Australia 1834-1857, 1884-1886

CAMPBELL & FERGUSSON lithographers 1854 – 1854

The Reverend John West 1852
lithograph, printed in colour and hand-coloured with oil paint on paper
39.0 (h) x 23.2 (w) cm
Private collection


The Revd John West (1809–73) was a Congregational minister, author and newspaper editor. He wrote History of Tasmania (1852), in which he discussed the evils of the penal system and the treatment of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people. In 1854 he became editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.