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'A Monument to Enterprise': Frank Walker and Sons, Nurserymen and Florists 1874-1941

Walker, MJ 2018 , ''A Monument to Enterprise': Frank Walker and Sons, Nurserymen and Florists 1874-1941', in T Dunning and B Valentine and PAC Richards (eds.), The Kaleidoscope of Launceston: Shedding More Light on the Fabric , LGH Historical Committee, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 18-23.

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Abstract

Frank Walker was an Englishman who immigrated to Tasmania in 1874 and became a highlysuccessful and well regarded horticulturist and nurseryman. For eight decades he establishedand ran various horticultural enterprises in northern Tasmania, including a nursery at theSand.hill in Launceston and an orchard and nursery property at Lalla near Lilydale. He wasalso heavily involved in civic planting around the island and sponsored and assisted manybeautification projects, including the Pioneer Avenue planted along the Midland Highwaybetween Launceston and Hobart and sections of the Cataract Gorge. By the First WorldWar, his orchards and flower gardens at Lalla attracted large numbers of tourists drawn bythe magnificent displays of trees and flowers. He presided over a family of seven children,all of who became heavily involved in his businesses. Despite Frank Walker's significantcontribution to Tasmanian horticulture in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, however,little is known about his early life, which was undoubtedly the inspiration for his numeroushorticultural enterprises and activities in Tasmania.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Walker, MJ
Keywords: history, culture, environment
Publisher: LGH Historical Committee
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