3rd July 1825 - 3rd January 1915
William Strutt was only in Melbourne for a period of about twelve years. However the years from 1850 to 1862 were highly significant ones in the history of Melbourne, and Strutt, along with
S. T. Gill left us some of our most enduring visual images of the period. Some of his works were painted in retrospect after returning to England.
William Strutt's Burial of Burke (of Burke & Wills fame) is usually considered to be his finest painting and together with Black Thursday (bushfires) is on display at the State Library of Victoria.
Other significant work relating to Melbourne history include his highly symbolic painting of stage coach passengers bailed up on a suburban road close to Melbourne. (This painting is in the collection of the Ian Potter Museum of Art.) His painting of
John Fawkner is part of the collection of the State Library of Victoria.
There are currently no books in print relating to William Strutt. However you may be lucky enough to stumble across the two excellent out-of-print books listed below. Occasionally one of them will crop up in an antiquarian book store, or you can but them online by clicking on the links below.
A famous painting by William Strutt shows Robert O'Hara Burke being buried at Coopers Creek. However there is a large monument in Melbourne General Cemetery to Burke and Wills. Where is he really buried?