Level of description
Extent and medium
Name of creator
George Washington Walker (1800-1859), Quaker, shopkeeper and humanitarian, was born on 19 March 1800 in London, the twenty-first child of John Walker (1726-1821) by his second wife, Elizabeth, née Ridley. Because of the death of his mother and the absence of his aged father engaged in the saddle trade in Paris, he was brought up by his grandmother in Newcastle. He was educated by a Wesleyan schoolmaster near Barnard Castle, and apprenticed in 1814 to a linen draper. Impressed by the probity and wisdom of his Quaker employers and James Backhouse of York, a leading Quaker minister, he left the Unitarian persuasion of his family in 1827 and became a member of the Society of Friends. The next year he formed the first Temperance Society in Newcastle.
For more information see http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/walker-george-washington-2764
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Copies of original diaries covering George W Walker's missionary journey in Australia from 1831-1838.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Originals held by the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales.
These copies are supplied for information and research only. No reproduction of these negatives orof prints from them may be made for publication without the assent of the Library Council of NSW. Filmed by State Library of NSW, Photographic Service, 1977.
Conditions governing reproduction
This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact Special.Collections@utas.edu.au
When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”