Walter was born on 12 January 1845 at Norwich, Norfolk, to parents Richard Howchin, a PM minister, and Mary Ann Ward Goose.
The family emigrated to Australia in 1881. He became a lecturer in Geology and palaeontology at the University of Adelaide in 1902. Walter was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of London in 1878.
He married Esther Gibbons (1846-1924) in the summer of 1869 in the Glanford Brigg Registration District, Lincolnshire.
- Stella (b1872)
- Edith (1877-1959) – married William Uphill, an Anglican clergyman, in 1909
Walter died on 27 November 1937 at Adelaide, South Australia.
- 1865 Shotley Bridge
- 1866 Hartlepool
- 1867 Gateshead
- 1869 Hexham
- 1872 Blyth
- 1876 Haltwhistle
- 1879 N Shields
- 1882 Adelaide IV – Australia
- 1890 Parkside
- 1897 Parkside (S)
- 1903 disappears
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
John’s Notable Australians, 1906 p90
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers