Letter

Scope and Content

From J. B. Walker to H. Ling Roth, congratulates Roth on his marriage. He apologises for not having acquired a sample of Fanny Smith's hair, but says he has arranged for a photographer [prob. Beattie] to take a photograph of her and hopes he can get some hair. Beattie has the negatives of Bishop Nixon's photographs of the Aboriginal Tasmanians. [Francis Nixon, 1803-1879, was the first bishop of Van Diemen's Lands]. Criticises Duterrau's paintings as "wretched daubs" but thinks Bock's drawings are "really good". Calls Hugh Hull a "fraud" who is "incapable of anything like accuracy". Walker asserts again he does not believe the Aboriginal Tasmanians used tools with handles.

Original reference W.5.