The life and labours of George Washington Walker, of Hobart Town, Tasmania
Life of George Washington Walker

Author: Walker, George Washington, 1800-1859.
Backhouse, James, 1794-1869.
Tylor, Charles
Responsibility: by James Backhouse and Charles Tylor
Place: London : York [England]
Publisher: A.W. Bennett ; Thomas Brady
Date Published: 1862
Series: Friendly counsel; addressed to the working classes
Description: xii, 556, 12 p., [1] leaf of plates : port. ; 22 cm.
Call Number: rg 920 W a
Subject: Walker, George Washington, 1800-1859
Walker, George Washington, 1800-1859--Diaries
Walker, George Washington, 1800-1859--Correspondence
Society of Friends--Missions--Australia
Society of Friends--Missions--Tasmania
Australia--Description and travel
Tasmania--Description and travel
South Africa--Description and travel
Australia--Social life and customs--19th century
Tasmania--Social conditions--19th century
South Africa--Social conditions--19th century
Travellers--South Africa--Biography
Australian diaries--19th century
Travellers' writings, Australian
Subject Refs: Travelers' writings, Australian
Australiana: Australiana
Biography: George Washington Walker (1800-1859) was an English Quaker who settled in Tasmania. He was a noted humanitarian of the period, even being praised by Lieutenant-Governor Sir William Denison, who is remembered today for his brutality towards the convicts. In September 1831 Walker set out for Australia from England with another Quaker, James Backhouse. They were supported financially by the London Yearly Meeting, one of the biggest Quaker groups in England, and their intention was to have a good look at the British penal colonies and see what might be done for the unfortunates living there, Aboriginal Australians as well as convicts. They arrived in Hobart in 1832 and eventually left from Fremantle in early 1838. The visit included the three years 1832 to 1834 in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land, as it still was) and three in New South Wales, 1835 to 1837, which included visits to Moreton Bay and Norfolk Island. In both colonies they were fortunate to get the support of the colonial administra
Cited: Smith I: 156. Ferguson no. 6473 .