Collection W9 - Walker Family Papers

Index to Names Index to Subjects and Places Index to W9 Walker family tree 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 Lady Franklin: opening Ancanthe Museum Transcript of W9-A1-11 Pin holder Wedding cards Wedding cards in envelope Mourning card  Isabella Mather Affectionate remembrance of Sarah Benson Mather In memoriam Hannah Maria Benson Loving memory of Sarah Hamond Marriage Diary - South Africa to Van Diemen's Land Reminiscences of Sarah Benson  Walker

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Walker Family Papers


  • 1820-1913 (Creation)

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18 type one boxes, miscellaneous bound volumes, loose photographs and lantern slides

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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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Most of the Walker papers were deposited in the care of the University by members of the Walker family (W9), some members still retaining some papers, but some correspondence of George Washington Walker was deposited by F.C. Wolfhagen solicitor of the firm of Simmons, Wolfhagen, Simmons and Walker (W7).

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The papers consist mainly of family correspondence of G.W. Walker and his children and a few diaries and miscellaneous papers. James B. Walker's letters to his sisters, particularly letters to Mary Augusta while she was over seas are especially descriptive of his activities and of Hobart life. Mary Walkers' letters from London describe her life as a student in London and her correspondence with friends met then contain references to artists, especially women painters and sculptors.

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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

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HE Mar2019




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