Summary

Framed painting of Eliza Bushe Wallen, by H. C. Schiller in 1854. Eliza arrived in Melbourne in November 1852, on the Great Britain, with her parents and siblings. Her father, Francis Robertson Wallen established the firm F.R. Wallen & Co in Queen Street shortly thereafter. The family lived in various parts of Collingwood, Richmond and Hawthorn. Eliza's eldest brother, Robert Elias Wallen, became the first chairman of the Melbourne Stock Exchange.

Less than two years after her arrival in Melbourne, Eliza became ill with colonial (typhoid) fever, a note in the Wallen Family Bible lists passages which were read to her during her illness. On 7 March 1854 aged just 17 years Eliza succumbed to her illness.

Physical Description

Framed painting (in watercolour and gouache) of a teenage girl looking wistfully to one side. She wears a short sleeved white dress with blue ribbon at the waist and blue ribbons at her wrists. She is standing next to a chair with a guitar leaning against it, Behind her is a landscape which is partially concealed by a red drape.

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