The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Walstab, George Arthur
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.