The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
Walker, George Frederick
Walker, George Frederick, Farmer, Brunswick Line, Aramoho, near Wanganui. Well known throughout the district as a breeder and owner of horses, the lease of the aristocratic thoroughbred “Catesby” (full brother in blood to the world-famed “Trenton”) has added still further to the reputation of this studmaster. Mr. Walker is the owner of “Vanguard” (at present stationed at “Middle Park,” Christchurch), also “Sou'-wester” (with the Catesby Stud Company, Blenheim), and “Ruatangata,” in the Wanganui District. Mr. Walker, who is a son of Mr. John Walker, of Aramoho, was born in England in 1850, and five years later he arrived in Nelson by the brig “Queen Margaret.” Shortly afterwards the family settled in Wanganui. For many years Mr. Walker was engaged on his father's farm, and while with him made a name as a successful horseman, winning many events throughout the district, including the Wairarapa Volunteer Cup, on a well-known mare—“Poultry.” He afterwards joined the Alexandra Cavalry, and showed his prowess as a marksman by winning the Champion Belt two years in succession. About the same time Mr. Walker achieved a reputation as a crack pigeon-shot, and took part in various athletic gatherings, being considered a fast sprinter up to 200 yards, for which he gained many prizes; he also competed at vaulting and jumping. In 1875 Mr. Walker took up a section of land in the Wanganui District, on which he remained for five years, when he sold out, afterwards acquiring 100 acres for stud purposes, where he is presently located. He married a daughter of the late Mr. James Richardson, and has two sons and six daughters.
Mr. G. F. Walker's Brood Mares.
Hamilton, Mrs. E., Boardinghousekeeper, Aramoho.
Buckley, Charles Henry. General Blacksmith, Aramoho. Bankers, Bank of New South Wales. Established 1894.
Culver, John, Butcher, Aramoho.
Kendrick Bros. (Alfred and David Kendrick), Brick Manufacturers, Aramoho. Bankers, National Bank of New Zealand. Branch at Marton.
Hogg, Mrs. D. M., General Storckeeper, Aramoho. Bankers, Bank of New Zealand.
Whitlock, Frederick, Sauce and Pickle Manufacturer, Aramoho. Bankers National Bank of New Zealand. Established 1881.