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Family History Friday: Walter Stone, OAM

Walter is my second cousin, twice removed. I am very proud to have this man as my blood relative. In the book, The Passionate Bibliophile , written by his widow, Jean, she said Walter’s great-grandfather was a failed burglar.

Indeed, Thomas Horner Stone (our common ancestor – my great-great-great-grandfather) was a convict: he managed to avoid the noose when caught coming out of a dwelling with 38 yards of silk and 15 yards of silk velvet. His trial was held at the Old Bailey, followed by transportation to New South Wales, arriving 1832.  Thomas Stone was one of the first men to buy a house block in Condobolin. Jean Stone reports Thomas had a good collection of books in his home, though she doubted he could read.

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“Walter William Stone (1910-1981), bibliophile, bibliographer and publisher, was born on 24 June 1910 at Orange, New South Wales, eldest of five children of New South Wales-born parents Walter Phillip Stone, bookmaker, and his wife Maud Ellen, née Baker. The family moved to Sydney, where Walter attended Parramatta High School. For a few years from about 1930 he was a clerk in the solicitor’s practice of his uncle, James Baker. He then worked as a rent collector and a door-to-door salesman, and at anything that was available. These early years had a profound effect on his political views. Socialist politics were always important in the Stone family and Walter had become a member of the Auburn branch of the Australian Labor Party in 1928. …”

Want more? Go to the Australian Dictionary of Biography website.

Citation details
Alan Ventress, ‘Stone, Walter William (1910–1981)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published in hardcopy 2012, accessed online 30 May 2014.
This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 18, (MUP), 2012


I started blogging in an effort to keep the old brain cells alive. I'm writing a fantasy series, I take more MOOCs than I can handle, and am trying to get my Nikon D3000 off auto. I live in Victoria, Australia, with my husband and our dog, Vika.

6 thoughts on “Family History Friday: Walter Stone, OAM

      1. I did think of taking it up Family History Research as a business at one stage, seriously. I’m in the process of putting all the information I’ve gathered in a tree on Tribal Pages, then when cousins contact me it is all there, without me having to get too involved. Trouble is, each new cousin makes me abandon the limb I’m on as I go merrily swinging off to another. I doubt I will live long enough to consider it done, sewn up is right. 🙂


  1. Hello Michael, so pleased you dropped in to say hello! I finally got to see Thomas Horner Stone’s headstone in the Condobolin cemetery, a few months ago. I’ve just been off to facebook and sent you a friend request. 🙂 I don’t know how far Jean got with the family history, but I’ve found Thomas’ baptism as Honnerstone (or something like that.) Addictive stuff!


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