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S.A. Northern Pioneers: Hon. G. Hawker
Title : S.A. Northern Pioneers: Hon. G. Hawker S.A. Northern Pioneers: Hon. G. Hawker
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Creator : Mora Studio, photographer
Source : B 6912/E6
Date of creation : ca. 1870
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 50 x 33 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Portrait of the Hon. G. Hawker from Bungaree from the S.A. Northern Pioneers' composite, 1850-1859 (shown in position on B 6912/1).

George Charles Hawker was born in London in 21 September 1818 and gained his masters degree from Trinity College, Cambridge before migrating to South Australia with his brother Charles. Another brother James was already in the colony. They established themselves on land near Nuriootpa but subsequently re-located to the Hutt River near Clare and established Bungaree station. In 1843 James sold his share to his brothers. Bungaree was subsequently divided between George and Charles with Charles taking up the portion he named Anama: this was reclaimed by George following his brother's death in 1861. BUngaree sheep became famous as hardy large framed animals capable of travelling long distances to water.

Hawker became a member of parliament in 1858 and in 1860 became Speaker. He returned to England with his family before moving back in 1874, where he was re-elected to parliament. Hawker was involved in the turf industry, the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society. and the Zoological Society. The title of "Lady" was granted to his widow, Bessie Hawker.

George Charles Hawker died at "The Briars", Medindie on 21 May 1895 at age 76. Bungaree is still run by members of the Hawker family.

Related names :

Hawker, George Charles, 1818-1895

Period : 1852-1883
Place : Clare, Bungaree Station
Region : Mid North
Further reading :

Cockburn, R Pastoral pioneers of South Australia Adelaide : Publishers Limited, 1925-1927 ("Reprinted from the Adelaide Stock and Station Journal.") vol. 1 pp. 14-15

Hawker, Frankie Bungaree : land, stock & people / Frankie Hawker and Rob Linn Everard Park, S. Aust.: Turnbull Fox Phillips Adelaide, 1992

Tonkin, L. B Bungaree : a study of landscape change by pastoralism 1969

Records of Bungaree Station and the Hawker Family BRG 370/1 Station diaries

Internet links :

Australian dictionary of biography online: Hawker, George Charles (1818 - 1895)

Bungaree Station

Sweet, Samuel White Bungaree Homestead 1880 B 13400

Bungaree Station 1875 B 24043



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