Also writes as: One of the Crew ; G. W.
Born: Established: 1 Oct 1843 Broadmarsh, Southern Midlands, Midlands, Tasmania, ; Died: Ceased: 3 Jan 1913
Throughout his career as a dramatist, Walch wrote for and collaborated with many of Australia's leading theatre industry practitioners of the period. His list of creative associations reads like a Who's Who of late 19th century Australian theatre: Harry Rickards, George Darrell, Alfred Dampier, Richard Stewart, W. S. Lyster, J. H. Rainford, Mrs G. B. W. Lewis (aka Rose Edouin), and Alfred Sylvester to name but a few. He also wrote works for the Melbourne Theatre Royal's fluid management of Henry R. Harwood, Richard Stewart, J. R. Greville, John Hennings, and George Coppin, as well as for J. C. Williamson and scenic artist-turned manager W. J. Wilson. Several high-profile actors also benefited from Walch's keen writing talents, none more so than Bland Holt. Further to this, several of his works were adapted by others, including Archibald Murray's Harlequin Blue Beard, The Great Bashaw (1872); Samuel Lazar's Hey Diddle Diddle The Cat and the Fiddle, the Cow Jumped Over the Moon (1878); and the burlesque Sinbad the Tailor (1881), adapted from Walch's 1880 pantomime Sinbad the Sailor. Walch's non-music theatre works include Heart and Head (sketch, 1881), Proof Positive (comedietta, 1883), and possibly the Harry Rickards-produced comic play In A Fog (1890).
Entries connected with this record have been sourced from on-going historical research into Australian-written music theatre being conducted by Dr Clay Djubal.
Details for this biography have been sourced in part from Eric Irvin's Australian Melodrama: Eighty Years of Popular Theatre and Veronica Kelly's 'Introduction' to Australia Felix.