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Photograph of George Washington Walker

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Walker, George Washington (1898) Photograph of George Washington Walker. [Image] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Photograph of George Washington Walker, in original walnut frame, lightly coloured. George Washington Walker (1800 – 1859) was the twenty-first child of John, a Unitarian saddle maker who worked in Paris. After the death of his mother, Elizabeth, young George was sent to Newcastle so that his grandmother could raise him. He was apprenticed to a Quaker linen draper, whom he admired so much that he adopted the faith. In 1831, when Walker left for Australia and South Africa as a companion to James Backhouse on his voyage to the colonies, he planned to return to England but in 1834 decided to settle in Hobart after meeting Sarah Benson Mather, who married him in 1840. Walker ran a successful drapery business where he opened a savings bank to encourage people to save. His social concerns included temperance, education, penal reform, destitute women, and the treatment of the Aborigines. Walker Collection W9/Ph156 (frame) & W9/Ph153

Item Type: Image
Keywords: Quaker, Religious Society of Friends, Tasmania, religious history, social history, Australia,Walker, Hobart, Special & Rare Collections. photography, photograph,
Publisher: University of Tasmania Library Special and Rare Materials Collection
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You do not need to request any permission to re-use this material but the following acknowledgement is requested: “Courtesy of the University of Tasmania Library Special & Rare Collections".

Collections: Quaker Collection
Photograph Collection
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From the Private Deposit Walker Photograph Collection W9/Ph156 (frame) & W9/Ph153

Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2015 05:03
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2015 05:03
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