Jane Webber

F, #15661, b. c 1831, d. May 1911
Married NameWalker.1 
Birth*c 1831 
Marriage*1 Apr 1858 Spouse: Thomas Walker. Independent Denomination Church, George Street, Collingwood, VIC, Australia, #M2237.1
Widow19 Jun 1898Jane Webber became a widow upon the death of her husband Thomas Walker.2 
Death*May 1911 Queenscliff, VIC, Australia, #D6576 (Age 80) [par Wm WEBBER & Ann JENKIN]
buried 1 Jun 1911 Boroondara Cemetery Kew.3 

Grave

  • IND A1024A, Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, VIC, Australia, WALKER: ILMO/ Thomas WALKER/ DLHO/ Jane WALKER/ b at Northumberland Eng 11 Dec 1832/ d at Abbotsford 19 Jun 1898/ also his LW/ Jane/ b Cornwall Eng 1832/ d Queenscliff Vic 1911.
    REED: ILMO/ Annie/ BWO/ John Henry REED/ & dau of Jane & the late Thomas WALKER/ b at Abbotsford 21 Aug 1859/ d at Ballarat 24 Nov 1898 also of/ Ada WALKER/ d 9 Apr 1942/ 79y/ text William Ralph/ 1865 - 1922.4

Family

Thomas Walker b. 11 Dec 1831, d. 19 Jun 1898
Children 1.Anne Walker+ b. 1859, d. Nov 1898
 2.Thomas Walker b. 1861
 3.Ada Jane Romaine Walker b. 1862, d. 9 Apr 1942
 4.William Ralph Walker b. 1865, d. 7 Feb 1922

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  3. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  4. [S46] Index of burials in the cemetery of Boroondara, Kew,.
Last Edited5 Mar 2019

Anne Walker

F, #15662, b. 1859, d. Nov 1898
Father*Thomas Walker b. 11 Dec 1831, d. 19 Jun 1898
Mother*Jane Webber b. c 1831, d. May 1911
Married NameReed. 
Birth*1859 Collingwood, VIC, Australia, #B16953.1 
Marriage*1884 Spouse: John Henry Reed. VIC, Australia, #M1114.1
 
Death*Nov 1898 Ballarat, VIC, Australia, #D14773 (Age 39)
buried 26 Nov 1898 IND A1024A Boroondara Cemetery Kew.2 

Grave

  • IND A1024A, Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, VIC, Australia, WALKER: ILMO/ Thomas WALKER/ DLHO/ Jane WALKER/ b at Northumberland Eng 11 Dec 1832/ d at Abbotsford 19 Jun 1898/ also his LW/ Jane/ b Cornwall Eng 1832/ d Queenscliff Vic 1911.
    REED: ILMO/ Annie/ BWO/ John Henry REED/ & dau of Jane & the late Thomas WALKER/ b at Abbotsford 21 Aug 1859/ d at Ballarat 24 Nov 1898 also of/ Ada WALKER/ d 9 Apr 1942/ 79y/ text William Ralph/ 1865 - 1922.3

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  3. [S46] Index of burials in the cemetery of Boroondara, Kew,.
Last Edited5 Mar 2019

Thomas Walker

M, #15663, b. 1861
Father*Thomas Walker b. 11 Dec 1831, d. 19 Jun 1898
Mother*Jane Webber b. c 1831, d. May 1911
Birth*1861 Collingwood, VIC, Australia, #B248.1 

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
Last Edited5 Mar 2019

Ada Jane Romaine Walker

F, #15664, b. 1862, d. 9 Apr 1942
Father*Thomas Walker b. 11 Dec 1831, d. 19 Jun 1898
Mother*Jane Webber b. c 1831, d. May 1911
Birth*1862 Collingwood, VIC, Australia, #B21923.1 
Probate (Will)*1941 Will written 1941. 
Death*9 Apr 1942 Manly, NSW, Australia, buried IND A1024A (as Ada Romaine WALKER) Boroondara Cemetery Kew.2 
Death-Notice*11 Apr 1942WALKER.—On April 9, at Sydney, Ada Romaine Walker.3 

Grave

  • IND A1024A, Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, VIC, Australia, WALKER: ILMO/ Thomas WALKER/ DLHO/ Jane WALKER/ b at Northumberland Eng 11 Dec 1832/ d at Abbotsford 19 Jun 1898/ also his LW/ Jane/ b Cornwall Eng 1832/ d Queenscliff Vic 1911.
    REED: ILMO/ Annie/ BWO/ John Henry REED/ & dau of Jane & the late Thomas WALKER/ b at Abbotsford 21 Aug 1859/ d at Ballarat 24 Nov 1898 also of/ Ada WALKER/ d 9 Apr 1942/ 79y/ text William Ralph/ 1865 - 1922.4

Newspaper-Articles

  • 23 Mar 1896, THEFT OF JEWELLERY. Miss Ada Walker, living at Abbotsford, but engaged in business at Cromwell buildings, has reported to the police the loss of two dress rings, one set with five diamonds, and the other with two pearls. About half past 1pm she took them off to wash her hands, and left them in the lavatory. Some little time later she missed them, and on returning to the lavatory found them missing.5
  • 2 Jun 1942, RE ADA JANE ROMAINE WALKER Late of 28 Ashburner Street, Manly in the State of New South Wales, Spinster, Deceased, who died on the Ninth Day of April 1942 -Pursuant to the provisions of the Trustee Act 1928, notice is hereby given that George Harold Walker (in the will called Harold Walker), of William street, Melbourne, in the State of Victoria, solicitor, the executor of the abovenamed deceased, intends to convey or distribute the estate of the said deceased to or among the persons entitled thereto, and hereby requires all persons interested to SEND to him before the fifth day of August, 1942 PARTICULARS of their CLAIMS against the said estate, and at the expiration of that time the said George Harold Walker may convey or distribute the said estate to or among the persons entitled thereto having regard only to the claims, whether formal or not of which he shall then have had notice.
    Dated the 1st day of June 1942
    MADDEN, BUTLER. ELDER, & GRAHAM,
    406 Collins street, Melbourne solicitors for the said George Harold Walker.6

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S7] Registry of NSW Births Deaths and Marriages.
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Sat 11 Apr 1942, p2
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8241466
  4. [S46] Index of burials in the cemetery of Boroondara, Kew,.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 23 Mar 1896, p6.
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 2 Jun 1942, p2.
Last Edited5 Mar 2019

William Ralph Walker

M, #15665, b. 1865, d. 7 Feb 1922
Father*Thomas Walker b. 11 Dec 1831, d. 19 Jun 1898
Mother*Jane Webber b. c 1831, d. May 1911
Birth*1865 Collingwood, VIC, Australia, #B21325.1 
Death*7 Feb 1922 Fitzroy South, VIC, Australia, #D1431 (Age 56.)2 
Death-Notice*11 Feb 1922WALKER.—On the 7th February, William Ralph, younger son of the late Thomas Walker.3 

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Sat 11 Feb 1922, p11
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4703783
Last Edited5 Mar 2019

William Froggatt Walker

M, #15670, b. Mar 1840, d. 23 Jan 1890
William Froggatt WALKER
Father*Ralph Walker b. 1789, d. 13 Jul 1861
Mother*Mary Hall b. 1807, d. 13 Sep 1900
Note* Career: Arrived Melbourne 1857; employed first as wharf clerk by his brother Thomas; then together had a general store; became manager of the Melbourne Storage Company; founded firm of Walker & Wescher; became sole proprietor and firm named W. F. Walker & Co., coal, lime, cement and general merchants and importers. President commissioners to represent Vic. at Paris Exhibition 1889.
MLA Richmond May - June 1880     
MLA Boroondara April 1882 - March 1889     
Appointments: Commissioner Trade & Customs 18 Feb 18865 Mar 1889; royal commission tariff 1881.1 
Birth*Mar 1840 Morpeth, Northumberland, England, Mar Q [Morpeth] 25 299.2 
(Migrant) Migration/TravelJun 1857 Sailing with Mary Walker, Fanny Walker, Sarah Elizabeth Walker to Port Philip, VIC, Australia. Ship Castilian
Age 17.3 
Marriage*7 Feb 1866 Spouse: Isabella Murray Coltherd. Carlton, VIC, Australia, #M913.4
 
Marriage-Notice*8 Feb 1866WALKER—COLTHERD.—On the 7th inst., at Carlton, by the Rev. A. M. Henderson, William Froggatt, youngest son of the late Mr. Ralph Walker, of Morpeth, Northumberland, to Isabella Murray, youngest daughter of Mr. George Coltherd, Carlton.5 
(Executor) Probate (Will)28 Aug 1873Was an executor in the will of James Lecky: W F Walker may be executor in certain circumstances.6 
(Migrant) Migration/TravelJan 1877 Sailing with Isabella Murray Walker, Theodora Lindsay Walker, George Harold Walker, Fanny Lee Walker to Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Ship on Nemesis.7
 
Notebt 1882 - 1889 MLA for Boroondara. 
Notebt 1886 - 1889 Commissioner for Trade & Customs. 
Death*23 Jan 1890 Eastbourne, Sussex, England, Mar Q [Eastbourne] 2b 53 (Age 49.)2 
Death-Notice*15 Mar 1890THE Friends of the late Hon. WILLIAM FROGGATT WALKER, of Mitford, Toorak, are respectfully invited to follow the remains of himself and daughter, Dora to their last resting place, the Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, on Wednesday next, the 19th inst.
A Funeral Service will be held in the Congregational Church, Collins street, at 2 o'olock p.m., and the cortege will move from the church punctually at 3 o'clock.8 
Death-Notice17 Mar 1890THE LATE MR. W. F. WALKER, FURTHER PARTICULARS OF HIS CAREER.
The body of the late Mr. W T Walker, who died at Eastbourne, England, in January last, will be interred on Wednesday afternoon in the Kew Cemetery. A special service will be held at the Congregational Church, Collins Street, at 2 o'clock, and the funeral will leave that church at 3. The remains of Mr Walker's daughter, Dora, who died at Eastbourne a few days before her father, will also be buried at the same time. At the time of Mr Walker's death we gave particulars of his public career, and of the great service he had rendered to the colony as a member of Parliament and a Minister of the Crown. His early life was somewhat eventful. He was born at Morpeth, the county town of Northumberland, England, in the year 1841. His father being a " freeman' of that ancient town, the deceased and all his brothers were entitled to preferential places in the grammar school of Edward VI -a privilege highly prized in the borough. Like so many other English boys born near the coast, Mr. Walker from his childhood had a longing for the sea, and at the age of 11 ran away from school and home, and shipped on board a collier at North Shields. He made one voyage to London, and those who know what life was on board a coasting collier in those days will not be the least surprised to find that one voyage was enough for the lad. He returned a grimy, emaciated little wreck, all his belongings wrapped up in a big red handkerchief. His longing for the sea was not, however, quenched, for it returned upon him with such force that within a twelvemonth he was apprenticed by his friends to a relative whose ships sailed from Newcastle to London, the Baltic, and the Mediterranean. For three years he led as hard a life as boys on board ship then did, experiencing not a little of the romance as well as the vicissitudes of the sea. At Riga, he with others of the crew passed a few hours in a Russian prison for having transgressed the bounds which then quarantined all foreigners. He was waterlogged in the North Sea in a timber laden ship, when for days no fire could be lit, no food cooked, and no clothes dried. On one voyage, from London to Newcastle, he was landed at a coast port sick of scarlet fever, and he was nursed by a family to whom he was utterly unknown, and who claimed as their only reward that they might adopt him. In the meantime his eldest brother Thomas, now of Wausbeck-house Abbotsford, had emigrated to Victoria, followed by his father and his brother Robert.

In 1856 Mr W F Walker, then being 15 years of age, came out to the colony, having in his charge his mother and two sisters. His mother, now 84 years of age is still living with Mr. Robert Walker at Heidelberg. The deceased began working with his brothers the day after he landed, and for many years continued in the employment of his brother Thomas. In 1870 he started business for himself by opening bonded and free stores, and from that time by hard work, prudence, and integrity, he prospered without check, making for himself that position from which he has been so untimely cut off. Though only known in political life for a few years, he gave much of the best of his life to Sunday school and church work, devoting the whole of his Sun days and several evenings of each week to the promotion of the religious and social well-being of the district in which he lived. In 1866 he married Isabella, the daughter of Mr George Coultherd, an early colonist, and one of the first to establish an ironfoundry on the banks of the Yarra. Mrs Walker was born in Collins street, just opposite the old treasury buildings, a spot then quite in the bush. Mr W F Walker first entered the Legislative Assembly in 1880 as one of the members for Richmond, which place he represented during the term of the Parliament. In 1882 he was returned for the old district of Boroondara (since subdivided), for which he continued to sit until the dissolution in 1889, when he retired from public life. He was Commissioner of Customs from 1886 to 1889, and on a few occasions during the absence of Mr Gillies acted as Premier.9 
Probate (Will)*23 Jul 1890 43/497. 
Note19 Jul 1895 WALKER (Street: G 19/7/1895)
William Froggatt Walker (1841-44 -1890) was born in Morpeth, Northumberland. He arrived in Melbourne in 1857, and was first employed as a wharf clerk by his brother, Thomas, before they opened a general store. Later he became the manager of the Melbourne Storage company, and eventually founded the firm of WF Walker and Co, coal, lime, cement and general merchants and importers. Walker was the MLA for Richmond in 1880, and Booroondara between 1882 and 1889, and Commissioner for Trade and Customs from 1886 until 1889. He was president of the commissioners appointed to represent Victoria at the Paris Exhibition of 1889, and died at Eastbourne, Sussex in January, 1890.10 

Electoral Rolls (Australia) and Census (UK/IRL)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
6 Jun 1841Newgate Street, Morpeth, Northumberland, England(Head of Household) Ralph Walker;
Age 1
Member(s) of Household: Mary Walker, Thomas Walker, Andrew Walker, Robert Walker11
30 Mar 1851Bridge Street, Morpeth, Northamptonshire, England(Head of Household) Ralph Walker;
Age 11 - Scholar
Member(s) of Household: Mary Walker, Sarah Elizabeth Walker, Fanny Walker12

Grave

  • IND A0340/0341, Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, VIC, Australia13

Family

Isabella Murray Coltherd b. 1846, d. 29 Jul 1928
Child 1.Edgar William Walker+ b. 1879, d. 16 Oct 1942

Newspaper-Articles

  • 24 Jan 1890, DEATH OF MR. W. F. WALKER. LONDON, JAN. 23. Mr. W. F. Walker, who was Executive Commissioner for Victoria at the Paris Exhibition, died last night at Eastbourne.14
  • 24 Jan 1890, DEATH OF MR. W. F. WALKER. (BY CABLE FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT.) LONDON, JAN. 23, 11.35 A.M. The death is announced of Mr W. F. Walker, late Commissionor of Customs, Victoria, and executive commissioner for that colony at the Paris Exhibition.
    Mr. Walker died at Eastbourne, Sussex, where he had been staying for some time past.
    The death of Mr William Froggatt Walker, though not unexpected by his friends, will nevertheless cause them and all others who knew him much regret. He was a comparatively young man, but during his public career in the colony established a reputation which could hardly have been expected of one much his senior. He was born in Morpeth, Northumberland, 46 years ago, and came to Victoria as a lad in 1857. He spent the whole of his life in Melbourne in mercantile pursuits, and established the business of lime and coal merchant which now bears his name, and which is carried on in Flinders lane. He became prominently known in politics in 1880, and rose to the position of Commissioner of Customs which office he held for three years. Ill health, caused by an affection of the heart, compelled him to relinquish that office, and also to seek rest from private business affairs, and at the beginning of last year he left Melbourne for a trip to Europe. The Government took advantage of his visit to appoint him to be Executive Commissioner for the colony at the Paris Exhibition. He recovered some-what on reaching England, and was able to give unexpected attention to the duties of his new post, with the result that the colony was made to stand high in the estimation of the authorities of France and the conductors of the Exhibition but very soon he became ill again, and sought absolute rest at Eastbourne, but without avail. His medical advisers could give very little hope that his life would be a long one, and his relatives in Victoria were prepared for the worst. A week ago he suffered a severe affliction by the death of his only daughter, and the telegraphing of that circumstance served to cause his friends in this country to be apprehensive on his account. He leaves a wife and some young children, who are at present at Eastbourne.
    Mr Walker was first returned to Parliament in the general elections of April, 1880. The reform struggle was at its height, and the colony keenly conscious of the evil effects of wild legislation. Mr Walker was nominated with Mr Bosisto as the Constitutional candidates for Richmond. The struggle was a keen one, and one of the incidents of the campaign was the defeat of the Government representative, Mr L L Smith by Mr Walker by 86 votes. Mr Walker had come to a somewhat radical constituency as the champion of constitutional principles, and this, coupled with the fact of his being, almost a stranger, made his poll of 2,191 a highly creditable one. He had very little chance in the succeeding Parliament to show his ability, for the events which led to the dissolution of that Parliament are matters of political history. The industrious circulation of fictitious statements alleged to have been made by the then Premier, Mr Service, damaged the party in the eves of the working classes just upon the eve of the general election of July 1880, and when the three candidates who had formerly contested the Richmond electorate, with Mr J J Walsh as the second man in the radical interest, again appeared before the electorate, Mr Walker was beaten by Mr L L Smith for the second seat the majority against him being only 38. It is noticeable that the deceased gentleman never had what might be called an easy seat. He fought five closely contested elections, winning four and losing one, but the majority either for or against him was always a narrow one. There can be little doubt that Mr Walker made his own contests the more difficult by reason of of his uncompromising attitude upon all questions involving principle, but it was characteristic of the man and a very good illustration of his public conduct that he never sought to make his position more comfortable by any partial abandonment of his convictions. The estimation in which the loss of his services in the second contest at Richmond was held by his party is shown in the following letter, written by the Premier a few days after the election -
    "My Dear Walker,- Your defeat is a national loss, but your relegation to private life can only be temporary. You have made your mark in the political arena, and hence forward your return to Parliament, will be one of the aims of the Constitutional party. I don't condole with you, as I ask you to con dole with us, who are still in the ranks on account of the loss—for the moment only— of so excellent a soldier. Ever the right comes uppermost, and we can fight in the sure conviction that ultimately right must prevail.—Yours very truly.
    "JAMES SERVICE"
    Following upon this general election Mr Walker had a chance of proving at the sacrifice of his own personal interests his loyalty to the party with whom he worked. Not forgetful of the pledge given in the letter just quoted Mr Service, on retiring from politics for a time for the purpose of visiting England, invited Mr. Walker without solicitation or suggestion from the latter gentleman or his friends to contest the electorate of Maldon in his stead. Mr M'lntyre, then identified with the Constitutional party, was considered to have stronger claims, having represented the neighbouring district of Sandhurst, and consequently Mr Walker withdrew, and Mr M'lntyre was elected. Mr Walker's opportunity came upon the retirement from Parliament of Mr R Murray Smith to assume the position of Agent-General for the colony in London. This was in 1882. Several members of the party put in a claim for the seat, but a committee appointed to consider their merits decided that Mr. Walker had the best chance of election, and after a hard con- test with Mr Taylor he was returned. The keenness of the prolonged duel between Mr Walker and Mr Taylor for the representation of Boroondara is best indicated by the following returns for the three elections fought:—1882-Walker, 785 Taylor, 763, 1883-Walker, 1,019, Taylor, 944 , 1886 -Walker, 1,338, Taylor, 1,323. After the 1883 contest Mr Walker was a warm sup porter of coalition principles, and made his mark in politics. Before this he had done valuable work on the Tariff Commission, and led the assault for the party against the stock tax. His zeal on the Sunday question, while warmly approved by a section of his party, gained for him many opponents amongst those who should have been his friends. His particular suitability for the administration of the Customs was shown during the sittings of the Tariff Commission, and on the reconstruction of the Coalition Government he succeeded Mr Langridge as Commissioner of Customs. It was made a ground of complaint by the radicals at the time that a professed freetrader should be entrusted with control of the Customs department in a protective colony, but those who made the charge either failed to appreciate the sterling honesty of the new Minister or overlooked the lesson which his whole political career had impressed upon all who had any discernment for merit. Mr Walker was the last man in the world to endeavour by virtue of the position he held to take any advantage not won in fair and open combat. Long before the term of his administration closed it was admitted that no more able man, or one better acquainted with the work of the Customs, had ever sat in the Minister's chair. He quickly gained both the respect and confidence of the Government and the House, and it is certain that but for the unfortunate illness which interfered so badly with his public duties, no man would have gained greater administrative repute. Not alone as an administrator, but as a speaker he made his mark, two of his speeches being amongst the best oratorical efforts of that Parliament. It was chiefly owing to the lucid explanation of its principles that the Marine Board Bill passed into law without any debate on details. In other legislation affecting his department, his comprehensive grasp of public affairs and appreciation of public interests was shown. During his last year of office he was frequently unable to appear either at his department or in Parliament, and during this time he expressed a desire to retire from the Ministry on account of ill health. His colleagues, however, ex pressed a strong desire that he should retain office as long as possible, and at considerable personal inconvenience and risk to himself, he remained the political head of the department until the reorganisation of the Ministry. As Mr Walker on resigning office and his seat in the House intended visiting Europe, on account of his health, he accepted the position of president of the Royal Commission to represent the colony at the Paris Exhibition, and carried out the duties of that responsible office with his customary tact and ability.15
  • 27 Jan 1890, THE LATE MR. W. F. WALKER. With regard to the death of Mr. W. F. Walker, late Commissioner of Trade and Customs, Victoria, which was announced this morning, it seems that Mr. Walker slightly improved in health recently. After the death of his daughter, however, which occurred on the 13th inst., he suffered a serious relapse, death resulting from heart disease and dropsy, The remains of Mr. Walker and his daughter will be sent to Melbourne for interment.16
  • 20 Mar 1890, THE LATE MR. W. F. WALKER, FURTHER PARTICULARS OF HIS CAREER.
    The body of the late Mr. W. F. Walker, who died at Eastbourne, England, in January last, will be interred on Wednesday afternoon in the Kew Cemetery. A special service will be held at the Congregational Church, Collins Street, at 2 o'clock, and the funeral will leave that church at 3. The remains of Mr Walker's daughter, Dora, who died at Eastbourne a few days before her father, will also be buried at the same time. At the time of Mr Walker's death we gave particulars of his public career, and of the great service he had rendered to the colony as a member of Parliament and a Minister of the Crown. His early life was somewhat eventful. He was born at Morpeth, the county town of Northumberland, England, in the year 1841. His father being a "freeman" of that ancient town, the deceased and all his brothers were entitled to preferential places in the grammar school of Edward VI -a privilege highly prized in the borough. Like so many other English boys born near the coast, Mr. Walker from his childhood had a longing for the sea, and at the age of 11 ran away from school and home, and shipped on board a collier at North Shields. He made one voyage to London, and those who know what life was on board a coasting collier in those days will not be the least surprised to find that one voyage was enough for the lad. He returned a grimy, emaciated little wreck, all his belongings wrapped up in a big red handkerchief. His longing for the sea was not, however, quenched, for it returned upon him with such force that within a twelvemonth he was apprenticed by his friends to a relative whose ships sailed from Newcastle to London, the Baltic, and the Mediterranean. For three years he led as hard a life as boys on board ship then did, experiencing not a little of the romance as well as the vicissitudes of the sea. At Riga, he with others of the crew passed a few hours in a Russian prison for having transgressed the bounds which then quarantined all foreigners. He was waterlogged in the North Sea in a timber laden ship, when for days no fire could be lit, no food cooked, and no clothes dried. On one voyage, from London to Newcastle, he was landed at a coast port sick of scarlet fever, and he was nursed by a family to whom he was utterly unknown, and who claimed as their only reward that they might adopt him. In the meantime his eldest brother Thomas, now of Wausbeck-house Abbotsford, had emigrated to Victoria, followed by his father and his brother Robert.
    In 1856 Mr W F Walker, then being 15 years of age, came out to the colony, having in his charge his mother and two sisters. His mother, now 84 years of age is still living with Mr. Robert Walker at Heidelberg. The deceased began working with his brothers the day after he landed, and for many years continued in the employment of his brother Thomas. In 1870 he started business for himself by opening bonded and free stores, and from that time by hard work, prudence, and integrity, he prospered without check, making for himself that position from which he has been so untimely cut off. Though only known in political life for a few years, he gave much of the best of his life to Sunday school and church work, devoting the whole of his Sun days and several evenings of each week to the promotion of the religious and social well-being of the district in which he lived. In 1866 he married Isabella, the daughter of Mr George Coultherd, an early colonist, and one of the first to establish an ironfoundry on the banks of the Yarra. Mrs Walker was born in Collins street, just opposite the old treasury buildings, a spot then quite in the bush. Mr W F Walker first entered the Legislative Assembly in 1880 as one of the members for Richmond, which place he represented during the term of the Parliament. In 1882 he was returned for the old district of Boroondara (since subdivided), for which he continued to sit until the dissolution in 1889, when he retired from public life. He was Commissioner of Customs from 1886 to 1889, and on a few occasions during the absence of Mr Gillies acted as Premier.17

Citations

  1. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/re-member/details/…
  2. [S9] Free BMD. Index. Online @ https://www.freebmd.org.uk/.
  3. [S36] Inward & outward passenger lists to and from Victoria. Series: VPRS 14; 7666; 7667; 7786); PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 11/395, 396, 400.
  4. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 8 Feb 1866, p4.
  6. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Mentions his father William of Dublin and his deceased uncle Oliver of Dublin in a codicil, dated 23 November 1872, to his will. He directs that should neither of his children attain the age of twenty-five years, his estate should go two-thirds to his widow and one third to his father. He also directs that if he was to inherit anything from his deceased uncle Oliver in Dublin, this should go to Olivers natural daughter Lily Whelan formerly of Skerries, but now of America. (Daughter of Lizzie Whelan).
  7. [S36] Inward & outward passenger lists to and from Victoria. Series: VPRS 14; 7666; 7667; 7786); PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), B348 002.
  8. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 15 Mar 1890.
  9. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 17 Mar 1890, p8.
  10. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://streetsofsouthmelbourne.wordpress.com/category/…
    References: Miles; T&S; photo Re-member/parliament.
  11. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Class: HO107; Piece: 835; Book: 12; Civil Parish: Morpeth; County: Northumberland; Enumeration District: 1; Folio: 23; Page: 38; Line: 11; GSU roll: 438893."
  12. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Class: HO107; Piece: 2418; Folio: 259; Page: 45; GSU roll: 87096."
  13. [S46] Index of burials in the cemetery of Boroondara, Kew,.
  14. [S14] Newspaper - Sydney Morning Herald, 24 Jan 1890, p5.
  15. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 24 Jan 1890, p5.
  16. [S14] Newspaper - Mercury (Hobart), 27 Jan 1890, p3.
  17. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 20 Mar 1890, p8.
Last Edited27 Jul 2017

Isabella Murray Coltherd

F, #15671, b. 1846, d. 29 Jul 1928
Father*George Coltherd b. 1803, d. 10 Feb 1887
Mother*Johanna Lindsay b. 1807, d. 7 Jul 1883
Married NameWalker. 
Birth*1846 Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #B11686 [par George COLTHERD & Johannah].1 
Marriage*7 Feb 1866 Spouse: William Froggatt Walker. Carlton, VIC, Australia, #M913.1
 
Marriage-Notice*8 Feb 1866WALKER—COLTHERD.—On the 7th inst., at Carlton, by the Rev. A. M. Henderson, William Froggatt, youngest son of the late Mr. Ralph Walker, of Morpeth, Northumberland, to Isabella Murray, youngest daughter of Mr. George Coltherd, Carlton.2 
(Migrant) Migration/TravelJan 1877 Sailing with William Froggatt Walker, Theodora Lindsay Walker, George Harold Walker, Fanny Lee Walker to Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Ship on Nemesis
Age 30.3 
Widow23 Jan 1890Isabella Murray Coltherd became a widow upon the death of her husband William Froggatt Walker.4 
Death*29 Jul 1928 Armadale, VIC, Australia, #D8308 (Age 82.)1 
Death-Notice*30 Jul 1928WALKER.—On the 29th July, at Milford, Stonnington place, Toorak, Isabella Murray Walker, aged 82 years.5 

Grave

  • IND A0340/0341, Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, VIC, Australia6

Family

William Froggatt Walker b. Mar 1840, d. 23 Jan 1890
Child 1.Edgar William Walker+ b. 1879, d. 16 Oct 1942

Newspaper-Articles

  • 29 Apr 1890, ARRIVAL OF THE ENGLISH MAIL AT AUCKLAND. (By cable from our correspondent.) AUCKLAND, MONDAY.
    The Alameda arrived at 3 o'clock this afternoon, having done the trip from San Francisco in 17 days 22 hours 45 minutes, the fastest time on record. She resumes her voyage at 2 a.m. The passengers for Sydney are :—Mrs. Parsons... Mrs. W. F. Walker, H. Walker, E. Walker, O. Walker. .... and 24 in the steerage.7

Citations

  1. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 8 Feb 1866, p4.
  3. [S36] Inward & outward passenger lists to and from Victoria. Series: VPRS 14; 7666; 7667; 7786); PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), B348 002.
  4. [S9] Free BMD. Index. Online @ https://www.freebmd.org.uk/.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 30 Jul 1928, p1.
  6. [S46] Index of burials in the cemetery of Boroondara, Kew,.
  7. [S14] Newspaper - Sydney Morning Herald, 29 Apr 1890, p7.
Last Edited20 Jun 2016

George Coltherd

M, #15680, b. 1803, d. 10 Feb 1887
Birth*1803 
Marriage*18 Dec 1829 Spouse: Johanna Lindsay. Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.1
 
Widower7 Jul 1883George Coltherd became a widower upon the death of his wife Johanna Lindsay.2 
Death*10 Feb 1887 Kyneton, VIC, Australia, #D2545 (Age 84) [par Thomas COLTHERD & Agnes GOODALL].3 
Death-Notice*12 Feb 1887COLTHERD.-On the 10th inst., at the residence of his son-in-law, the Rev. G. J. Richmond, Kyneton, George Coltherd, aged 84.
THE Funeral of the late Mr. GEORGE COLTHERD will take place on Saturday, the 12th inst., at 3 o'clock p.m.4 

Family

Johanna Lindsay b. 1807, d. 7 Jul 1883
Children 1.Catherine Morrison Coltherd+ b. 1843, d. May 1920
 2.Isabella Murray Coltherd+ b. 1846, d. 29 Jul 1928

Citations

  1. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Scotland Select Marriages.
  2. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "Spouse's name COLTHERD George."
  3. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "Spouse's name LINDSAY Joanna."
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 11 Feb 1887, p1.
Last Edited20 Jun 2016

Johanna Lindsay

F, #15681, b. 1807, d. 7 Jul 1883
Married NameColtherd. 
Birth*1807 
Marriage*18 Dec 1829 Spouse: George Coltherd. Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.1
 
Death*7 Jul 1883 Kyneton, VIC, Australia, #D8682 (Age 76) [John LINDSAY & Elizabeth SHEER].2 
Death-Notice*10 Jul 1883COLTHERD. - On the 7th inst., at Welsh-street, Kyneton, Joanna, the beloved wife of George Coltherd, aged 76.3 

Family

George Coltherd b. 1803, d. 10 Feb 1887
Children 1.Catherine Morrison Coltherd+ b. 1843, d. May 1920
 2.Isabella Murray Coltherd+ b. 1846, d. 29 Jul 1928

Citations

  1. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Scotland Select Marriages.
  2. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "Spouse's name COLTHERD George."
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 10 Jul 1883, p1.
Last Edited20 Jun 2016

Ethel Martin

F, #15682, b. 1882
Father*Henry Wilson Martin b. 15 Jul 1837, d. 25 Apr 1916
Mother*Emma Mould b. 1837
Birth*1882 Wood Green, London, England. 

Electoral Rolls (Australia) and Census (UK/IRL)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
5 Apr 18913 Pembroke Road, Hornsey, London, England(Head of Household) Henry Wilson Martin;
Age 9 - Scholar
Member(s) of Household: Emma Martin, Louisa Ellen Martin, George Wilson Martin, Alfred Elliott Martin, Percival Martin1
31 Mar 19111 Hungerton Villas, Oakleigh Road, Whetstone N, Frien Barnet, Middlesex, England(Head of Household) Henry Wilson Martin;
Age 29 - Single - Embroidery (Silk) and Teacher thereof - own account
Member(s) of Household: Emma Martin2

Citations

  1. [S83] Online index to the UK census "1891 census: Class: RG12; Piece: 1060; Folio: 38; Page: 68; GSU Roll: 6096170."
  2. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Class: RG14; Piece: 7184; Schedule Number: 73."
Last Edited20 Oct 2016

Percival Martin

M, #15683, b. 1886
Father*Henry Wilson Martin b. 15 Jul 1837, d. 25 Apr 1916
Mother*Emma Mould b. 1837
Birth*1886 

Electoral Rolls (Australia) and Census (UK/IRL)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
5 Apr 18913 Pembroke Road, Hornsey, London, England(Head of Household) Henry Wilson Martin;
Age 5 - Scholar
Member(s) of Household: Emma Martin, Louisa Ellen Martin, George Wilson Martin, Alfred Elliott Martin, Ethel Martin1

Citations

  1. [S83] Online index to the UK census "1891 census: Class: RG12; Piece: 1060; Folio: 38; Page: 68; GSU Roll: 6096170."
Last Edited20 Oct 2016

Florence Martin

F, #15684, b. 1880
Father*Henry Wilson Martin b. 15 Jul 1837, d. 25 Apr 1916
Mother*Emma Mould b. 1837
Birth*1880 
Last Edited20 Oct 2016

Louisa Ellen Martin

F, #15685, b. 1868
Father*Henry Wilson Martin b. 15 Jul 1837, d. 25 Apr 1916
Mother*Emma Mould b. 1837
Birth*1868 London, England. 

Electoral Rolls (Australia) and Census (UK/IRL)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
2 Apr 1871Holly Cottage, Finsbury Road, Tottenham, London, England(Head of Household) Henry Wilson Martin;
Age 2
Member(s) of Household: Emma Martin, Frederick Charles Martin, George Wilson Martin1
3 Apr 18811 Holly Cottage, Finsbury Road, Tottenham, Middlesex, England(Head of Household) Henry Wilson Martin;
Age 12 - Scholar
Member(s) of Household: Emma Martin, Frederick Charles Martin, George Wilson Martin, Alfred Elliott Martin, Frederick Martin2
5 Apr 18913 Pembroke Road, Hornsey, London, England(Head of Household) Henry Wilson Martin;
Age 23
Member(s) of Household: Emma Martin, George Wilson Martin, Alfred Elliott Martin, Percival Martin, Ethel Martin3

Citations

  1. [S83] Online index to the UK census "RG10 1340."
  2. [S83] Online index to the UK census "1881 census RG11 1387 / 127 p 27
    Dwelling 1 Banner Villas Finsbury Road Tottenham, Middlesex, England."
  3. [S83] Online index to the UK census "1891 census: Class: RG12; Piece: 1060; Folio: 38; Page: 68; GSU Roll: 6096170."
Last Edited20 Oct 2016

Alfred Elliott Martin

M, #15686, b. 1872
Father*Henry Wilson Martin b. 15 Jul 1837, d. 25 Apr 1916
Mother*Emma Mould b. 1837
Birth*1872 Tottenham, London, England. 

Electoral Rolls (Australia) and Census (UK/IRL)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
3 Apr 18811 Holly Cottage, Finsbury Road, Tottenham, Middlesex, England(Head of Household) Henry Wilson Martin;
Age 8
Member(s) of Household: Emma Martin, Louisa Ellen Martin, Frederick Charles Martin, George Wilson Martin, Frederick Martin1
5 Apr 18913 Pembroke Road, Hornsey, London, England(Head of Household) Henry Wilson Martin;
Age 19 - Architect Clerk
Member(s) of Household: Emma Martin, Louisa Ellen Martin, George Wilson Martin, Percival Martin, Ethel Martin2

Citations

  1. [S83] Online index to the UK census "1881 census RG11 1387 / 127 p 27
    Dwelling 1 Banner Villas Finsbury Road Tottenham, Middlesex, England."
  2. [S83] Online index to the UK census "1891 census: Class: RG12; Piece: 1060; Folio: 38; Page: 68; GSU Roll: 6096170."
Last Edited20 Oct 2016

James Edwin Rickard

M, #15687, b. 1879, d. 16 May 1921
Birth*1879 
Marriage*1911 Spouse: Josephine Kathleen Beckett. Perth, WA, Australia, #M247.1
 
Death*16 May 1921 Perth, WA, Australia, #D669.1 
Death-Notice18 May 1921RICKARD.—The Friends of the late Mr. JAMES EDWIN RICKARD, formerly of the 10th Light Horse, AIF., and late of Harvey, W.A., are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the Congregational portion of the Karrakatta Cemetery. The Funeral is appointed to leave the Private Mortuary of Messrs. Donald J. Chipper and Son, 844 Hay street, Perth, at 2.15 o'clock TOMORROW (Thursday) AFTERNOON. Friends wishing to attend the Funeral may proceed by the 2.30 o'clock train from Perth.2 
Death-Notice*19 May 1921RICKARD.-On May 16, at the Perth Public Hospital (result of accident), James Edwin Rickard, late of Harvey and 10th Light Horse, A.I.F., beloved husband of Kathleen, and father of Winnie, Jim, and Jack, also brother-in-law of Fred and Dick Beckett, Mrs. Barden and Mrs. Woodhall. Victorian (Australia) and Belfast (Ireland) papers please copy.3 

Grave

  • Congregational BA 358, Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth, WA, Australia4

Family

Josephine Kathleen Beckett b. 1891, d. 2 Apr 1975
Children 1.Winifred Mabel Rickard+ b. 1911, d. 13 May 1990
 2.John William (Jack) Rickard b. 1920, d. 8 Jan 1984

Newspaper-Articles

  • 16 Jun 1921, Fatal Fall From a Horse.-Before the Deputy Coroner (Mr. F. W. Collett, J.P.) at the City Courthouse yesterday, the adjourned inquiry into the death of James Edwin Rickard, who died at the Perth Public Hospital on May 16, was concluded. It was stated that the deceased was brought into the hospital on May 15 from Harvey, suffering from injuries following a fall from a horse. Medical evidence indicated that death was due to rupture of the spleen and hemorrhage. Robert Hanks, an orchardist, said that while on his way into Harvey on May 13 he saw the deceased, about 50 yards away, approaching on horseback. The deceased's horse became unmanageable, and bolted. The animal fell, and the deceased was thrown, striking his shoulder. Witness went to the assistance of the deceased, who appeared to be dazed. Witness knew the deceased took strong drink, and that only a small quantity was necessary to affect him. Two bottles of beer were in the deceased's pockets, and he seemed to have had some drink. After further evidence had been heard the Coroner returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death on May 16, as a result of being accidentally thrown from a horse.5

Citations

  1. [S62] Western Australian Government. BDM Index Western Australia.
  2. [S14] Newspaper - The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950), Wed 18 May 1921, p6.
  3. [S14] Newspaper - Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954), Thu 19 May 1921, p26.
  4. [S38] Index of burials in the cemetery of http://www2.mcb.wa.gov.au/NameSearch/details.php,.
  5. [S14] Newspaper - The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), Thu 16 Jun 1921, p6.
Last Edited22 Oct 2016

Josephine Kathleen Beckett

F, #15688, b. 1891, d. 2 Apr 1975
Married NameRickard. 
Married NamePridmore. 
Birth*1891 
Marriage*1911 Spouse: James Edwin Rickard. Perth, WA, Australia, #M247.1
 
Widow16 May 1921Josephine Kathleen Beckett became a widow upon the death of her husband James Edwin Rickard.1 
Marriage*1925 Spouse: Francis F Pridmore. Perth, WA, Australia, #M188.1
 
Death*2 Apr 1975 WA, Australia, last suburb Dianella. 

Grave

  • Niche Wall - Lawn 5 W7 113, Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth, WA, Australia2

Family

James Edwin Rickard b. 1879, d. 16 May 1921
Children 1.Winifred Mabel Rickard+ b. 1911, d. 13 May 1990
 2.John William (Jack) Rickard b. 1920, d. 8 Jan 1984

Citations

  1. [S62] Western Australian Government. BDM Index Western Australia.
  2. [S38] Index of burials in the cemetery of http://www2.mcb.wa.gov.au/NameSearch/details.php,.
Last Edited22 Oct 2016

Arthur Walstab1

M, #15690, b. 1870, d. 1946
Father*Arthur Walstab1 b. 1844, d. 5 Sep 1899
Mother*Emma Jane Hollis1 b. 1846, d. 29 Jun 1924
Birth*1870 Clunes, VIC, Australia, #B22086.1 
Death*1946 Caulfield, VIC, Australia, #D10948 (Age 76.)1 

Citations

  1. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
Last Edited23 Oct 2016
 

NOTE

Many family sections show only the children who were associated with Upper Beaconsfield.