Born: Established: 28 Oct 1870 Roslyn, Goulburn area, Southern Highlands - Southern Tablelands, Southeastern NSW, New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 15 Aug 1957
Walter Henderson spent much of his life working as a New South Wales country town solicitor. He was initially educated at home, under governesses, before attending Canon D'Arcy-Irvine's school at Goulburn. On leaving school, he served his articles with a Goulburn solicitor and subsequently practiced as a solicitor in Sydney for five years. He then moved to Albury, where he became a partner in the firm Fleming, Henderson and Stedman. For a number of years he also owned a grazing property near Holbrook, not far from Albury. Henderson and his wife Charlotte were married at Albury in 1899, and they subsequently had a number of children. A biographical note which appered in the Sydney Morning Herald at the time 'Tom Hope' was about to be serialised stated that Henderson 'began to write fiction during the lean financial period following the crash of 1893'.
Note that there has been some confusion over Henderson's middle name. This might have originated with with Miller & Macartney (A Historical Outline of Australian Literature), who erroneously list Henderson and W. Gordon Henderson (q.v.) as the same author, whilst The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature has his entry as 'Henderson, Walter Gordon [George]'. However there is little doubt that Henderson's middle name was George - N.S.W. birth and death records indicate this, and the title page of his novel Norah Conough has 'Walter George Henderson' (his other novels have only 'W. G. Henderson').