James Backhouse Walker

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James Backhouse Walker (14 October 1841 – 4 November 1899) was an Australian solicitor and historian.[1]

Walker was the eldest son of George Washington Walker, was born at Hobart.[2] He was educated at the High School, Hobart, and Bootham School, York.[2][3]

Walker was admitted a solicitor in 1876. He was a member of the Council of the University of Tasmania, and a trustee of the Tasmanian Public Library.[2] Mr. Walker was the author of several brochures on the history of his native colony, taken chiefly from official sources: viz. "The French in Van Diemen's Land" (Hobart, 1889); "The Settlement of Tasmania, comprising Papers read before the Royal Society of Tasmania" (Hobart, 1890); "The Discovery and Occupation of Port Dalrymple" (Hobart, 1890).[2]

The Law School of the University of Tasmania commemorates him with the J. B. Walker Memorial Prize.[1]


  1. ^ a b Smith, Neil. "Walker, James Backhouse (1841–1899)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Walker, James Backhouse". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource
  3. ^ Bootham School Register. York, England: BOSA. 2011.