Neville Walter was born at East Dulwich near Greenwich in England on 5 Aug 1836 and was baptised at St Giles, Camberwell on 21 Oct 1837. He attended the Royal Hospital School at Greenwich, and is recorded there in the 1851 census, with his brother Edmund.  The School provided education to up to 800 boys, sons of officers and seamen of the Royal Navy, of officers and privates of the Royal Marines, and of the Coast Guard, also Sons of seafaring persons. Boys were eligible for admission between 10 and 11 years of age, if physically fit for sea-service, able to read an easy sentence, and possessing a knowledge of the four first rules in arithmetic. The practical instruction for the out-of-school hours consists of knotting and splicing, a knowledge of the parts of a ship and her rigging, and the great gun and cutlass exercise.
Neville came out to Australia on the S.S. 'Salem', a vessel of 915 tons in 1854. On the ship were 122 men, 42 women, 32 children and 6 babies. He was aged 17 and designated a gentleman. He landed in Melbourne and joined his brother George at Sandridge (now Port Melbourne).
Neville's first job was what was called a 'car proprietor'; having a horse drawn cab or taxi, taking people from the Royal Mail Hotel in Swanston Street, Melbourne to meet the sailing ships when they arrived from England. When a ship came in all work would stop so that settlers could get news of England.
Neville married Elizabeth Murray on 25 Jul 1859 at St Mark's, Collingwood.
In July 1861 he joined the Oriental Bank and was later sent to the Nine Mile Goldfields near Beechworth as a courier earning 3 pounds a week. Neville's job required him to have an armed police escort when carrying money and gold into Beechworth, due to the presence of bushrangers in the area.
Initially, Neville started farming at Woolshed near Beechworth, for in a letter to his brother Seymour in 1864 he stated his address as Woolshed Road, Beechworth. On 17 Jun 1865 he purchased 50 acres of land from James Gimblett for 50 pounds on Malakoff Rd. Beechworth. He may have leased the land prior to this.
In 1865 and 1866, Neville purchased at Howlong, on the New South Wales border of the Murray River. His farm on the Moorwatha Road was called "Piercefield" after a Walter family estate at Chepstow in Monmouthshire, Wales, from whom the Walter family were believed to be descended.
To supplement his farm income Neville had a good team of horses which he used to cart wheat and wool and it is known that he was the mail contractor in 1870.
Around 1872, he became licensee of the Border Inn in Russell Street, Howlong. The hotel had 8 rooms, a bar, detached kitchen, meathouse, store, stables for 6 horses, a pigsty and a fowlhouse.
Neville died on 23 November 1888, at the age of 52, of acute pneumonia and was buried at the Howlong Cemetery. He died intestate.
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On 22 Jan 2017 at 10:51 GMT Gillian Thomas wrote:
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