the age of twenty Walter married fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Sproule [b.1840]
at North West Bay,
Margate on the 29th August 1855.
The couple settled at North West Bay near where Walters parents
were living on his paternal
Uncle Johns property.
They lived on the Margate end of the Sandfly Road where Walter developed
an orchard and a small
fruit farm. In lean times Walter worked on the construction of the road
to open up the Huon and
Walter and Elizabeth had thirteen children.
He left the Margate area in the early 1900s a Notice appearing in
a Hobart Newspaper:
A farewell social was tendered to Mr. And Mrs. Walter C. Lucas in
the 11th inst., on the eve of their
departure from this district, to take up their residence at Sandy Bay.
They have been residents of Margate for many years and were greatly respected.
They together with their family, now grown up and settled elsewhere, have
been active members
of the Methodist Church and will be greatly missed.
Mr. Lucas owned a pleasantly situated farm, but a good offer for his farm
decided him in his
increasing years to sell out and spend the rest of his span in ease and
The Margate Hall was tastefully decorated for the occasion; games, songs
and good supper kept
the interest up until after mid-night.
A silver Coffee Pot was presented to the couple on behalf of the residents.
The proceedings terminated by all joining hands and singing Auld
Walter died on the 13th May 1918 at the age of eighty-three.
His wife Elizabeth [nee Sproule] survived him by only a short time and
died at the home of her
daughter Ruth. She was much loved by all her children.