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Diary of Theresa Walker
Title : Diary of Theresa Walker Diary of Theresa Walker
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Creator : Walker, Theresa, 1807-1876
Source : D 7604(L)
Date of creation : ca.1836-1837
Additional Creator : Andel, Lucille
Format : Diary
Contributor : Other
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This item is entitled Journal of a residence of three months in the British province of South Australia by Miss Theresa S. E. Snell Chauncy (married name Walker). The journal describes Theresa's voyage to South Australia aboard the John Renwick, Adelaide and environs, arrival and departure of other ships, flora, fauna, social life and Aboriginal people. Especially interesting are the encounters she recorded with Aboriginal people, including descriptions of attire, body decorations, weapons and hunting methods. Theresa also observed and described Aboriginal family relationships, and details of activities including coroborees and music. She generally referrs to her dealings with Aboriginal people very positively.

In summarising her secondment in South Australia, Theresa is very complimentary about her experience and encourages all people and especially women to visit or emigrate. Following a description dated 6 May, of hosting a 'very agreeable' young native man to coffee in her tent, Theresa writes: Ladies coming out here must not fancy that they are going to bid adieu to civilization; for society here is far more select and sociable than in many English towns, and we infinitely prefer it. I can say with truth that any one with a small capital at command could not in the event of his emigrating to this colony fail of complete success as we are so near to many other settlements, we can never suffer those privations with which other colonies have had to attend with upon their first establishment.

Walker, Theresa, 1807-1876. Born Theresa Susannah Eunice Snell Chauncy. Arrived in South Australia aboard the John Renwick 1837 along with her artist sister Martha Berkley. Married 1838 Captain John Walker, of Launceston, who died in 1855. Married secondly 1856 George Herbert Poole who died 1869. Resident of South Australia 1837-1846, New South Wales 1846-1848, Tasmania 1848-1861, Victoria 1861-1865, Mauritius 1865-1867, Victoria 1867-1868, South Australia 1868-1870, Victoria 1870-1876. The journal was transcribed by Lucille Andel in 1994.
Image is of Mount Lofty from G.F. Angas' South Australia illustrated B 1527/10
Related names :

John Renwick (ship)

Walker, Theresa, 1807-1876

Coverage year : ca. 1836-1837
Period : 1836-1851
Place : South Australia, Adelaide
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

Kwan, Elizabeth. Living in South Australia: a social history, Netley, S. Aust.: South Australian Government Printer, 1987

Parsons, Ronald. Migrant ships for South Australia, 1836-1860 Gumeracha, S.A.: Gould Books, c1988

Pitt, G. Index to pioneers arriving in South Australia from overseas ports, July 1836 to December 1845 Archives Department, 1935

The Flinders history of South Australia. Social history edited by Eric Richards. Netley, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1986. Chapter 9: Social welfare: the government sector

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