Walk to the West

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Walk to the West was a book published to celebrate both the sesquicentenary (150 years) of the Royal Society of Tasmania in 1993, and the event from which the book is made – the Walk to the West Coast of Tasmania by James Backhouse Walker, Arthur Leslie Giblin, Charles Percy Sprent, William Piguenit, Robert Mackenzie Johnston, William Vincent Legge, George Samuel Perrin, and Henry Vincent Bayly in 1887 from Hobart to the West Coast of Tasmania.


It is interspersed with plates from Piguenit's paintings made in the earlier stages of the journey.[1]

Locations included in the paintings:-


The diary (unpublished) by Walker is transcribed for the book, and meticulous annotation explains the Tasmanian conditions and environment.

It identifies characters involved in the exploration and place naming in the West Coast of Tasmania in its Lexicon of relevant place names.


The days and locations included:-

  • 17 February 1887 - Hobart to New Norfolk by train, then to Ouse by coach
  • 5 March 1887 - Formby (Devonport) by coach to Launceston, then by train to Hobart.

It also contains a foldout map that was current of the West Coast in 1888 - when the party was travelling.

It mentions the name of the significant track cutters and explorers of the era.


  1. ^ Piguenit, W. C. (William Charles); Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science. Meeting Hobart, Tas.) (1892) (1892), Among the western highlands of Tasmania, s.n.>, retrieved 31 December 2014 see also Piguenit, W. C. (William Charles) (1871), Diary, retrieved 31 December 2014


  • Stoddart, D. Michael, ed. (1993). Walk to the West. Hobart: The Royal Society of Tasmania. ISBN 0-9598679-9-6.

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