Walker, Alfred Arthur Kenny (AA 823)

Alfred Arthur Kenny Walker

Born: c1860
Died: 4 June 1933, Innamincka, South Australia

Alfred Arthur Kenny Walker managed the Innamincka Station for Messrs Campbell Brothers from 1882-1908. A report in the South Australian Register, 15 May 1891 comments:

'He combines, in a marked manner, all the qualities of a daring bushman, a fearless horse and cattle manager, a ceaseless student of tribal habits and human nature, a splendid administrator, possessing accomplished tastes, quiet disposition, and an indomitable will which, enables him to carry into effect works and services that many hundreds of men would never think of undertaking. He has the confidence of his men, and the greater portion have been with him during the whole of his residence. He has lived at Innamincka for ten years, and for seventeen or eighteen years previously his experience was educated in the interior of New South Wales.'  Proceedings of the RGSA (SA Branch) Vol. 7, 1904, p. xxxi.

In 1887, Walker shipped a branch of the tree under which Robert O'Hara Burke was buried, to station owner William Campbell, who had returned to England. A similar branch, believed to be from the same limb, was also sent by Walker in the same month to the mayor of Adelaide under instructions from Campbell. This was presented to the South Australian Museum by the mayor and loaned to the Royal Geographical Society (RGSA) in 1903 by Dr Edward Charles Stirling (AA 309). This is now in the RGSA’s collection.

The South Australian Museum Archives contains early correspondence, station letter books and photographs relating to Innamincka (SA).