Prisoner William WALKER

The National Library of Australia’s notes should only document the information inscribed on the versos of all these photographs taken by Thomas J. Nevin in the 1870s, printed as cartes-de-visite in oval mounts for use by police. Apart from the attribution to T.J. Nevin, all other information is irrelevant and misleading.

NLA Catalogue
William Walker, per Asia 4th, taken at Port Arthur, 1874 [picture]
Part of collection: Convict portraits, Port Arthur, 1874.
Gunson Collection file 203/7/54.
Title from inscription on reverse.
Inscription: “No 96”–On reverse.
PIC P1029/45 LOC Album 935 *

Webshot 2005 of NLA catalogue record for William Walker

This duplicate of T. J. Nevin’s cdv, one of six printed at the only sitting with the prisoner, is held at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.

Prisoner William Walker
Photographed by T. J. Nevin 22 July 1874 at the Hobart Gaol
QVMAG Ref: QVM 1985_P_0109

Paper copies are also held at the Archives Office of Tasmania. More than one duplicate or copy was made by Thomas Nevin from his negative of the original capture, hence the different numbering on the front of each photograph.


William Walker was photographed at the Mayor’s Court, Hobart Town Hall by Thomas Nevin on discharge, 22 July 1874, having served 7 yrs of a 10 year sentence.

But William Walker was convicted again 23 October, 1875, sentenced to 6 months for larceny, and incarcerated at the Hobart Gaol. His age was listed as 68 yrs; his occupation as “painter”.