Collection 2007/1 - Walker Family Papers 2007

Index : 2008/1 Index to scrap book  items held in LOR Summary of the Will of James Backhouse Walker, Hobart, Tasmania, Mary Augusta Walker : certificate from the Slade Fine Art School, University College London James Backhouse Walker's Certificate of Membership of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia Letter : James Backhouse Walker to his sister Mary Letters :  Reverend Samuel Benson to his niece, Sarah Benson Walker James Backhouse Walker's resignation from the Hobart Savings Bank Speeches given to honour James Backhouse Walker at the Working Men's Club Certificate of marriage of Robert Walker and Eliza Hannah Amos Letters to James Backhouse Walker from his mother Sarah Benson Walker and grandmother Esther Mathers Obituaries of George Washington Walker, Tasmania Letters of thanks for condolences on the death of George Washington Walker written by his widow S... Letter from architect Edward Rowntree to George Washington Walker Photograph of Mrs. Sarah Hammond Letter from George Washington Walker  to  James Backhouse Walker Establishment of the Hobart Town Savings Bank Letter : Robert Mather to his daughter Sarah Benson Walker Letter and memorial on the death of Ann Mather Letter :  Ann Mather to her sons Letter :  Mary Mather to her brother Robert Letters :   Ann Mather to her husband Robert Mather Letters : Sarah Benson to her sister Ann Mather John Walker's gravestone and biography Letter from Sarah Benson to her sister Ann Mather Letters from Ann Benson to Robert Mather Letter from Joseph Benson to his sister Letter from John and Elspeth Arneil Letters from H.M. Benson Letter from John Benson to his sister Ann Image of the Rev. Joseph Benson Letter from Joseph Benson to John Wesley Note written by Rev. Joseph Benson to his son John Land grant map of Lauderdale

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Walker Family Papers 2007


  • 1820-2007 (Creation)

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2 type one boxes & 2 folders

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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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Walker Family Papers: part of a donation by B.B. (Jim) Walker, George B. Walker & Peter Benson Walker 2007

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The papers consist mainly of family correspondence of G.W. Walker and his children and complements the collection held at

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Open for research

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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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