Sir Oswald Walters Brierly (1817 - 14 December 1894), English marine painter, who came of an old Cheshire family, was born at Chester.
Brierly entered Sass's art-school in London, and after studying naval architecture at Plymouth he exhibited some drawings of ships at the Royal Academy in 1839. He was twice married and had an active and prosperous life, and was a well-respected artist; some of his best pictures are in Melbourne and Sydney museums.
He had a passion for the sea, and in 1841 started round the world with Benjamin Boyd (1796–1851), afterwards well known as a great Australian squatter, in the latter's ship Wanderer, and having got to New South Wales, made his home at Boyd's private whaling and trading village of Boyd Town in Twofold Bay on the New South Wales coast for ten years. He managed Boyd's whaling operations. Brierly Point is called after him. Increasingly disgruntled with his treatment by Boyd, he left New South Wales, joining voyages on HMS Rattlesnake in 1848, and with Sir Henry Keppel on the Meander in 1850; he returned to England in 1851 on this ship, and illustrated Keppel's book about his cruise (1853). Brierly named his eldest son 'Keppel' after his friend.