The correspondence was originally in an envelope entitled 'Aborigines of Tasmania', and includes 33 letters from Walker to Roth. Dated at: Hobart, Tasmania.
James Backhouse Walker Correspondence
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- ReferenceGB 133 HLR/1/1
- Dates of Creation1891-1899
- Physical Description33 items
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Administrative / Biographical History
James Backhouse Walker (1841-1899), solicitor, historian and educationist, was an important figure in 19th century Tasmania. He was an educational reformer and in 1898 became the second vice-chancellor of the University of Hobart. Walker was also a historian and collector of Australiana, and wrote several studies of the Aboriginal inhabitants of Tasmania and the early European settlement including Early Tasmania: papers read before the Royal Society of Tasmania between 1888 and 1899 (1902), which was the standard work on the subject for many years. His extensive knowledge of Tasmanian history and advice on published sources and archaeological material proved vital to Roth's work.