W is for Walker, the Walker family that I discovered in January this year.
Alexander Walker was born in Belfast, Co. Antrim, Ireland on the 11th June 1825. His obituary states that he went first to New Zealand and then to the Mackay district in Queensland in the mid-1860s. See the Daily Mercury notice below:
|1909 'DEATH OF AN OLD RESIDENT.', Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld. : 1906 - 1954), 23 November, p. 4. , viewed 27 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article173266812|
There are many other mentions of Alex Walker in the Mackay Mercury and the then Daily Mercury over the years, principally about stallions standing at stud and other farming news. Two very intriguing snippets occurred in the Mackay Mercury in August 1888, see below:
|1888 'No title', Mackay Mercury (Qld. : 1887 - 1905), 25 August, p. 2. , viewed 27 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article167928232|
1888 'No title', Mackay Mercury (Qld. : 1887 - 1905), 28 August, p. 2. , viewed 27 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article167929458
Alexander Walker died on the 13th November 1909 and was buried the next day in the Walkerston Cemetery.
Now for Walkerston ...
Walkerston, a rural town on the Peak Downs Highway is six km west of Mackay. Situated on Bakers Creek in a sugar cane area, the settlement was known as Scrubby Creek in the late 1860s and early 1870s.
Town named by the Surveyor General 22 December 1881 (listed in the Queensland Government Gazette p.1411) when the townships of Walkerston and Alsatia were combined. Walkerston named by John Walker ( - ) lessee of Homebush pastoral run 31 May 18661.
In 1903, when Walkerston's population was approaching 400 people, it was described in the Australian Handbook:
 https://www.dnrm.qld.gov.au/qld/environment/land/place-names/search#/search=walkerston&types=0&place=Walkerston44221 accessed 26 April 2016