- WALKER, John
- WALKER, George
- WALKER, Joseph+
- WALKER, James+
- Born: 15 Feb 1822, Lincolnshire, UK 1
- Christened: 16 Feb 1822, Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
- Marriage: OTTER, Isabella (Mary) on 18 May 1847 in West
Deeping Lincolnshire England
- Died: 17 Nov 1903, Redhill South Australia at age 81 1
- Buried: Redhill South Australia
Lyn Musselwhite - Lincolnshire List member provided the
transcript of the Parish Record below:
"William Walker bapt Bourne, 16 Feb 1822,
s/o William (wheelwright) & Catherine of Bourne,
by John Nicholson, Curate".
I presume that if William Walker was baptised in Bourne that
he was also born in Bourn. CW - May 07
William Walker and his wife Isabella emigrated from
Lincolnshire Via Plymouth on the ship Catherine in 9th
February 1851 arriving at Port Adelaide 27 May 1851.
William Walker is listed as a Farmer/Contractor in one
transcription of the ships log and as a Labourer in another.
Listed as a family - John Thomas is registered on the Ships
log as 2 years and Elizabeth 2 months.
Listed on the same voyage also of Lincoln are:
Thomas Walker (Age 26 - b1825) labourer and Charlotte Walker
(Age 28 - b1823) - Listed as a family
George Walker (Age 19 - b1832+-) labourer - Listed as a single
The B(berth) number on the ship's list for William Walker's
family and Thomas Walker's family is 1661/3 and George as
The Sydney Shipping Gazette (SSG) reports
"The ship Catherine, 670 tons, Captain Magnus Flett, from
Liverpool January 1851 / Plymouth 9th February 1851, arrived
at Port Adelaide, South Australia 26th May 1851.
The Catherine, ship, 670 tons, Flett master, from Liverpool
and Plymouth February 9th with 228 Government passengers -
5th ship from England to S.A. with government passengers for
1851; James Byrne, surgeon-superintendent; five births and
five deaths on the passage."
South Australian Register Tuesday 27 May 1851
"Monday May 26: The Ship Catherine 670 Tons, Flett Master
From London and Plymouth 9 February
Passengers: James Byrne Surgeon-Superintendent and the
following Emigrants. There were four deaths and five births
during the passage, and one named George Knight, supposed to
have fallen overboard during the night. "
Other Walker emigrants of Interest
I have found 2 Walker families coming to South Australia in
1849 and wonder if they may have been the inspiration for our
Walkers to emigrate also.
Charles Walker 1822 & his wife Rebecca 1822 m by
1849 arr aboard the "Samuel Boddington" 12 Jan 1849 and William
Walker 1824, his wife Mary 1824 and sons William 1847
and John 1848 arr 26 Dec 1849 aboard "Harry Lorrequer".
Further research will be done to determine if Charles and
William may have been relatives of our Walkers. Dec 06
Biographical Index of South Australians 1836 -1885
"WALKER William b:15.02.1822 d:17.11.1903 Redhill SA arr:
1851 Catherine occ: Farmer, Contractor res Mt Barker,
Redhill, Koolunga m: Isabella ( Mary) OTTO b:20.03.1828
d:20.04.1902 Redhill SA ch: John Thos (1848-1925),Eliz
(1850-), Joseph (1857-1940), Cath(1861-), Charlotte (1862-),
Caroline Rose Steele (1867 - 1953), Jas."
Gold Diggers from South Australia
Maureen M Leadbeater
"Searchable database of gold diggers from South Australia
who brought or sent their gold home from the Victorian
goldfields. It includes those who deposited gold at the SA
Gold Assay Office in February 1852, the consignors and
consignees associated with the first three mounted police
escorts, and those who lost their receipts or failed to
claim their gold by 29 October 1853.
Further information about South Australian gold.
The search results include consignor, quantity of gold, and
the date of arrival or delivery to the Assay Office. The
gold was consigned to "self" unless otherwise stated."
Gold Diggers from South Australia
WALKER W consigned 7 oz of gold to WALKER Isabella
which arrived by escort 2 on 5-5-1852.
Gold digger sources:
State Records of SA, GRG 45/43 and GRG 5/30
Below is the full record for 1852-1853 from the Gold Diggers
of SA Website
WALKER George consigned 7 oz 5 dwt of gold which arrived
by escort 2 on 5-5-1852.
WALKER W consigned 7 oz of gold to WALKER Isabella which
arrived by escort 2 on 5-5-1852.
[not recorded] consigned 12 oz of gold to WALKER George
which arrived by escort 3 on 6-7-1852.
[not recorded] consigned 13 oz 10 dwt of gold to STANTON
Elizabeth which arrived by escort 3 on 6-7-1852. Note:
Delivered to WALKER William.
THE CYCLOPEDIA OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1907 - 1909
The details below are recorded on Page 497 of the book - in
the entry for Joseph Walker
"Mr William Walker farmer, of Koolunga who left Lincoln,
England, for South Australia, in 1848 voyaging by the ship
"Katherine". He obtained his first employment in the new
Province with Mr Prescott, a well known farmer of Kent Town,
and afterwards was engaged in contracting and roadmaking in
the vicinity of Adelaide in which connection he assisted in
grubbing stumps in Rundle Street, then in a very rough
state. He also worked in the same line in the Mount Barker
district, and subsequently paid a visit to the Victorian
gold fields with fairly good results. Returning to South
Australia, Mr Walker again entered upon roadmaking and
contracting and eventually, in 1874 took up land in the
Hundred of Koolunga, which he farmed until his decease, in
1903, at the advanced age of eighty two years."
The Walker's settle at Redhill
It appears to be around 1874 that William Walker paid 661
pounds 5 shillings for a Land Grant of 529 acres, of land near
Redhill. The land is in the Hundred of Koolunga, County of
Stanley and the Grant was numbered 275. (Lands title office
Vol 675 Folio 187).
William's son's John Thomas & Joseph inherited this land
in 1903 after the death of William. Joseph subsequently bought
John Thomas out on the 14th June1904 when the estate of
William was settled.
Joseph willed the farm to his two sons Victor Joseph Walker
and Maurice Kendrew Walker. It appears they were tenants in
common and farmed until 1976 when Maurice Kendrew Walker
became the sole owner. Maurice's son Alan still farms this
same land today.
From the Obituary for J. T. Walker - Burra Record
22 July 1925, page 3 Obituary.
"William Walker, a contractor who built much of the
Burra-Adelaide railway line."
South Australian Deaths - Index of Registrations
"WALKER William (M) 81y of Nr Red Hill d 17 Nov 1903 at Nr Red
Hill rel Joseph WALKER (S) dist Dal b298 p108."
The following inscription from the family bible of
William & Isabella Walker reads:
" William Walker Father died Nov 17 1903 82 years".
I suspect this entry was made by Joseph Walker. The
entries continue in the family bible after the death of Joseph
but it is unclear who recorded the events ~ possibly Maurice
or Shirley Walker. CW May 07
Timeline for William and Isabella Walker
1822 Born - Bourne, Lincolnshire
1847 - Married - Isabella Otter at West Deeping, Lincolnshire
1848 - Son Born at Bourn, Lincolnshire - John Thomas
1850 - Daughter Born at Bourn, Lincolnshire - Elizabeth
Feb 1851 - Family Departed Plymouth
May 1851 - Arrived Port Adelaide, South Australia
c1851 - Worked on farm of Mr Prescott at Kent Town, South
- Worked on roads - Grubbing stumps from Rundle Street,
1852 - Sailed from Adelaide 5 Feb 1852 bound for Melbourne
aboard the "Reliance" 1852 - Con #163 7ozs 5dwt of gold
shipped from Mt Alexander (nr Castlemaine Victoria) by Wm
Walker to Isabella Walker - Isabella colletcted the gold from
HM Treasury Adelaide11th May 1852 and signed X (her mark). The
cost of the shipment was 5dwt - 1 pound 9 shillings and 4
pence. It appears Willian returned to Adelaide for the birth
of his son William (or shortly after). William Walker was
acting as agent, collecting gold on behalf of other miners
wives by July 1852 .
1852 - Son Born at Kensington - William 30 May 1852
1853 - Son Died at Kensington - William - Aged 1 year
1853 - Son Born at Norwood - George
1854 - Son Died at Norwood - George - Aged 1 year 2 months
1855 - Son Born at Norwood - William
1857 - Son Died at Norwood - William
1857 - Son Born at Norwood - Joseph
c1858 - Moved family to Mt Barker - worked on road
1859 - Son Born at Western Flat, Mount Barker- James
1861 - Daughter Born at Western Flat, Mount Barker - Catherine
1862- Daughter Born at Western Flat, Mount Barker - Charlotte
Possibly went to the Victorian Goldfields "with some
result" sometime in the 1860's, enabling the family to
establish a business "empire" stretching across SA and NSW.
They were drapers, clothiers, boot importers and general
There were no babies born to the wives of the Walker brothers
between 1864 and 1867.
William's wife Isabella gave birth at Mount Barker, South
Australia in June1862 and then not again in Oct 1867. (Up to
this time they had a child every year or two at the most)
It is possible that William and his son John
Thomas may have been the first to seek their fortune in
the gold fields accompanied by William's brother Thomas
(not married and no offspring till 1868) leaving Mt Barker
after June 1862.
John Thomas broke both legs in a childhood accident and
spent his entire life on crutches or in a wheel chair but
demonstrated great determination. If he did not accompany his
father and uncles to gold fields he was certainly capable of
being head of the family while his father was away. He would
have be 14 in 1862 - in those days children were often in
service or farm labourers by 11 or 12 years.
I estimate William would have returned to South Australia by
late 1866 or early 1867.
It is possible that William's brothers John & George followed
later, after George's wife gave birth (George) in Nov 1864 (no
offspring Nov 1864 - Sept 1869) and John's wife Elizabeth gave
birth in Sept 1864 (this baby - Isabella died 3 months later
and the death was reported by Elizabeth). This couple have a
gap in reproduction until late 1867 (Edward Thomas born Aug
Railway to Burra
There is some suggestion that William was a contractor
involved in building the rail link from Adelaide to Burra
Rail services to Burra commenced in August 1870 and ceased
1985. The journey took about five hours in 1874.
William and Isabella's family continues to grow
1867 - Daughter Born at Western Flat, Mount Barker - Caroline
1870 - Daughter Married at Mount Barker- Elizabeth
1872 - Son Married at Wistow - John Thomas
1874 - Took up land - near Redhill
William took up land at Redhill dist of Koolunga in 1874 but
was engaged in road/rail building from Adelaide to Burra prior
to this. It is not clear if Isabella remained at Mount Barker
with her daughter in law Mary between 1872 & 1874 or
accompanied her husband north.
1882 - Son Married at Res of William Walker, Koolunga, South
Australia - James
1884 - Daughter Married at Res of William Walker, Redhill -
1885 - Daughter Married at Res of William Walker, Redhill -
1888 - Son Died at Terowie, South Australia - James
1897 - Daughter Married - Caroline Rose
1902 - Son Married at Narridy, South Australia - Joseph
1902 - Wife Died at Redhill - Isabella
1903 - William Died at Redhill, South Australia
Isabella (Mary) OTTER, daughter of Father of Isabella Otter -
BATTERS and Elizabeth OTTER, on 18 May 1847 in West Deeping
Lincolnshire England. (Isabella (Mary) OTTER was born on 20
Mar 1828 in Lincolnshire, UK, christened on 24 Mar 1828 in
Deeping St James, Lincolnshire, England, died on 20 Apr 1902
in Redhill South Australia 1
and was buried in Redhill South Australia 1.)
Marriage Record Free BMD Web site
Marriages Jun 1847
Otter Isabella District: Stamford Vol 14 Page
Walker William District: Stamford Vol 14 Page 1133
The marriage of William Walker and Isabella
Otter was performed by R.E. Hubberty, Curate of West
Deeping at the Parish Church after Banns on 18 May 1847.
William was a batchelor, a labourer, 25 years old and
residing at Bourn. His father, William Walker's occupation
was "Wheelwright". Isabella was a 19 year old spinster
residing at West Deeping. Her father was --- Batters,
Witnesses were John Otter and Elizabeth Wallace. William
signed his name and Isabella made her mark.
The entry from the "Marriages" page of the family bible of
William and Isabella Walker reads:
" William Walker & Isabella Otter was married at
West Deeping, Lincolnshire England 18th Day of May
It appears William Walker may have recorded this
entry. CW May 2007.