File A6 - Temperance Society

Letter to Philip Smith Van Diemen's Land Total Abstinence Society pledge Unidentified document George Washington Walker and the formation of the Temperance Society Remarks on a report to Sir Richard Bourke Memorial to the Honourable the Legislative Council of Van Diemen's Land Fundamental Principles of the Hobart Town Total Abstinence Society Notes on holding an Abstinence Society meeting Abstinence Society  in account with the  editor of Courier and Teetotal Advocate Letter from Bicheno, Colonial Secretary's office Plan for the advocacy of the Total Abstinence Society  cause Letter and statement of account respecting the Temperance Halls transfer Letter to Sir William Denison Rules of the Society Memorandum Minutes of meeting Constitution and Laws of the Van Diemen’s Land Liquor Law League Copy of circular addressed to candidates at elections Circular addressed to licenced victuallers Petition Account Complaint Letter : Petition to the Lieutenant Governor Copy of circular addressed to licenced victuallers Donation from Bicheno Petition to the Legislative Council from the inhabitants of Green Ponds Petition to the Legislative Council Facts and figures on expenditure on hard liquor

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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.
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Notes of opinions on alcohol (notebook), petitions to Legislative Council, copy of pledge, list of subscribers, correspondence

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