A Victorian engagement : letters and journals of Walter Hume and Anna Kate Fowler during the 1860s

Hume, Walter Cunningham and Hume, Anna Kate, 1838-1909. A Victorian engagement : letters and journals of Walter Hume and Anna Kate Fowler during the 1860s. Edited by Hume, Bertram St. Lucia, Qld.: University of Queensland Press, 1975.

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Author Hume, Walter Cunningham
Hume, Anna Kate, 1838-1909.
Title A Victorian engagement : letters and journals of Walter Hume and Anna Kate Fowler during the 1860s
Place of Publication St. Lucia, Qld.
Publisher University of Queensland Press
Publication year 1975
Sub-type Other
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
ISBN 0702209988
Language eng
Editor Hume, Bertram
Total number of pages 180
Subjects 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
20 Language, Communication and Culture
Formatted Abstract/Summary



MY GRANDFATHER, Walter Cunningham Hume, took to the sea in his early teens when his father died prematurely in 1851. Six years later, after various adventures (he survived the Croesus disaster), he had achieved the rank of 5th Officer in P. & O. ships plying between Southampton and Alexandria. By 1862 he had risen to the rank of 2nd Officer and had obtained a Master's ticket, a commendable achievement for a young man of twenty-two. Becoming dissatisfied however with his prospects in the P. & O., he decided to emigrate to Queensland. This project he called his Australian Scheme. 


He put the Australian Scheme into practice in 1863. On arrival in Queensland he established himself as a surveyor in the Crown Lands Office. Three years later he proposed to Anna Kate Fowler by post and the following year, namely in the summer of 1866, she travelled alone in the clipper barque Alfred Hawley (Captain Almond) to Brisbane to marry him. The voyage took ninety days non-stop. When they were finally reunited, she had not seen him for four years. 


To assist the reader to understand the extracts from letters and journals which follow, some notes about the backgrounds of our two protagonists may be appropriate. For the sake of convenience we will call them Walter and Katie, the names by which they were knovm to each other…….  

Keyword Hume, Walter Cunningham, 1840-1921 -- Correspondence
Hume, Anna Kate, 1838-1909 -- Correspondence
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