Bush Post Office sketch from 'Australia Post - the early years'
Sketch by William Macleod.
William Macleod (1850-1929), artist and businessman, was born on 27 October 1850 in London, son of William Macleod, cordwainer, and his wife Juliana, née Exness (or Esner). The family followed the gold rush to Victoria and after her husband's death in 1855 Julia settled in Sydney, where she married the portrait painter James Anderson. His drinking excesses caused Macleod to seek work from the age of 12; trained by Edmund Thomas at the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts and known first as William Macleod Anderson or James Anderson junior, he had his first artistic contribution published in 1866 in the Illustrated Sydney News. Over the next decade he travelled widely and won a reputation as a painter of portraits and cattle, a designer of stained-glass windows, and as illustrator with a strong line for such journals as the Sydney Mail, the Australian Town and Country Journal and Sydney and Queensland Punch. On 29 January 1873 he married Emily Collins at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney.