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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Walstab, George Arthur

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Walstab, George Arthur, is the son of A. J. G. Walstab, formerly a planter in Demerara, West Indies, and was born in 1834. He went to the colony of Victoria   with his father in 1852, and served in the    Mounted Police as a cadet for ten years.  He paid a visit to India in 1857, and  served in Richardson's Horse during the  latter portion of the Mutiny. Mr. Walstab  joined the Calcutta Englishman newspaper in 1860, and was sub-editor and  editor until 1865, when he returned to  Australia and joined the Melbourne press.  In 1874 he was appointed secretary to  the Minister of Lands, and held that  appointment until the reductions in the  Civil Service in 1880. Mr. Walstab has  written several novels, amongst them  "Confessed at Last," "Pierce Charlton's  Wives," "Looking Back," and "Standing  at Bay." He was for a time editor of  the Castlemaine Representative, and afterwards of the Melbourne Herald, to which  he still contributes.