Wallace’s Life: a timeline

Wallace’s parents marry – 1807

John Wallace (brother) is born – 1818, July 30

Mary Wallace (sister) dies – 1822

 Kensington Cottage, Usk, Monmouthshire – 1823, January 8 to 1828

ARW is born – 1823, January 8

Hertford, Herts (five homes) – 1828 to 1837, March 18

ARW befriends neighbour George Silk – 1828

Herbert Edward Spencer (brother) is born – c.1829

Wallace’s family faced by financial struggles – 1829

Hertford Grammar School, Hertford, Herts – 1830, late to 1837, March 18

ARW saved from drowning by brother John – 1830

ARW’s brother John sent to London as apprentice – 1830

William IV ascends to GB throne – 1830, June 26

ARW attends Hertford Grammar School – 1830

Great Reform Bill (UK) passed – 1832

Elizabeth (Eliza) Wallace (sister) dies of Tuberculosis – 1832

Thomas Vere Wallace becomes librarian – 1834

Tolpuddle Martyrs (Dorset) sentenced to transportation – 1834

ARW’s sister attends French School in Lille – 1835

ARW becomes Pupil-Teacher at Hertford Grammar School – 1835

ARW’s uncle, Mr Wilson, declared bankrupt (family finances worsen) – 1836

St Andrew Street, Hertford, Herts – 1836, early to 1837, March 18

Wallace family move to St. Andrew Street – 1836

Robert Street, London – 1837, early to 1837, summer

ARW forced to leave school and live with brother in London – 1837

ARW reads Tom Paine and Robert Owen – 1837

Various spots around United Kingdom – 1837, summer to 1843, December

Queen Victoria ascends to the GB throne – 1837

1840s

ARW begins surveying for enclosures – 1841

#Punch begins publication – 1841

Thomas Vere Wallace dies – 1843

Fanny (sister) teaches at Columbia College, Georgia – 1843

 Headmaster’s House, Collegiate School, Leicester – 1844, early to 1845, Easter

ARW becomes usher at Leicester Collegiate School – 1844

ARW meets Henry Walter Bates – 1844

ARW attends lecture and demonstration on Mesmerism – 1844

 Llantwit Cottage, Neath, Wales – 1845, Easter to 1848, early

William Wallace (brother) dies – 1845, February

Fanny (sister) returns from the USA – 1846

Ann Jordan Mitten (future wife) is born – 1846, February 12

ARW starts surveying for the Railways – 1847

ARW corresponds with Bates on Amazon trip – 1847

South America – 1848, April [26] to 1852, October 1

ARW and Bates head to Brazil – 1848, April [20]

ARW’s brother Herbert and Dr. Richard Spruce join them in Brazil – 1849

ARW’s brother John emigrates to California, USA – 1849

1850s

ARW’s brother Herbert dies of Yellow Fever – 1851

ARW returns to Pará from Rio Negro – 1852

ARW boards Helen bound for Liverpool from Pará – 1852, July [12]

Fire discovered on Helen at sea; ARW loses his collection – 1852, August 6.

ARW rescued by Jordeson – 1852, August [16]

Back in United Kingdom – 1852, October 1 to 1854

 44 Upper Albany Street, London – 1852, December to 1854, March

Palm Trees of the Amazon and their uses published by Wallace – 1853

Narrative of Travels on Amazon and Rio Negro published by Wallace – 1853

Malay Archipelago – 1854, March to 1862, April 1

ARW boards HMS Frolic for Malay Archipelago – 1854

On the Law which has regulated the Introduction of New Species published by Wallace – 1855, September

ARW begins his ‘Big Prau’ voyage – 1856

The Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely from the Original Type [Ternate paper] written by Wallace – 1858, February

Darwin receives Wallace’s Ternate letter – 1858, June 18

Origin of Species by Natural Selection announced at Linnean Society – 1858, July 1

Henry Walter Bates returns from South America – 1859

On the Zoological Geography of the Malay Archipelago published by Wallace- 1859, November

1860s

ARW begins his ‘Small Prau’ voyage – 1860

ARW receives a copy of Darwin’s Origin of Species – 1860

ARW’s brother-in-law urges Wallace to come home – 1860

ARW begins to consider returning to UK – 1861

5 Westbourne Grove Terrace, London – 1862, April to 1865, April

ARW arrives back in London – 1862, April 1

ARW and Bates meet with Herbert Spencer – 1862

Original failed proposal to Miss L. – 1863

Successfully proposes to Miss L. and wedding day set – 1863

ARW applies for Assistant Secretaryship of Royal Geographical Society – 1864

The Origins of Human Races and the Antiquity of Man Deduced from the Theory of ‘Natural Selection’ published by Wallace – 1864, March 1

 St Mark’s Crescent, Regent’s Park, London – 1865, April to 1867, mid

ARW begins ‘five years enjoyment’ of his collection – 1865

Wallace attends first séance – 1865, July 22

ARW invests in Welsh slate quarries – 1866

ARW marries Miss Annie Mitten – 1866, April 5

The Scientific Aspect of the Supernatural published by Wallace – 1866, August & September

Treeps, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex – 1867, mid to 1868, summer

Herbert Spencer Wallace (son) is born – 1867, June 22

St Mark’s Crescent, Regent’s Park, London – 1868, summer to 1870, March 25

The Malay Archipelago published by Wallace – 1869, March 9

ARW applies for Directorship of Museum at Bethnal Green, London – 1869

Violet Isabel Wallace (daughter) is born – 1869, January 29

1870s

Holly House, Tanner Street, Barking, London – 1870, March 25 to 1872, March 25

ARW made President of the Entomological Society of London – 1870, early to 1872, early

Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection published by Wallace – 1870, April

William Greenell Wallace (son) is born – 1871, December 30

The Dell, Grays, Essex – 1872, March 25 to 1876, July

ARW begins examining for Indian Civil Service – 1874

Herbert Spencer Wallace (son) dies – 1874, April 24

A Defence of Modern Spiritualism published by Wallace – 1874, May & June

On Miracles and Modern Spiritualism published by Wallace – 1875, March

The Geographical Distribution of Animals published by Wallace – 1876, May

Rose Hill, Dorking, Surrey – 1876, July to 1878, March

ARW is President of Section D (Biology) of the BAAS annual meeting – 1876, September

The Colours of Animals and Plants published by Wallace – 1877, September & October

Waldron Edge, Duppas Hill Lane, Croydon – 1878, March to 1880

Tropical Nature and Other Essays published by Wallace – 1878

ARW applies for job as Superintendent of Epping Forest – 1878

ARW starts writing for Encyclopaedia Britannica – 1879

1880s

ARW finds himself in serious financial straits – 1880

Pen-y-Bryn, St Peter’s Road, Croydon – 1880 to 1881, May

Island Life published by Wallace – 1880, October

Nutwood Cottage, Godalming, Surrey – 1881, May to 1889, June

Land Nationalisation Society founded (ARW first President) – 1881, March

ARW receives Civil List pension – 1881

Charles Darwin dies – 1882, April 19

Land Nationalization published by Wallace – 1882, May

ARW develops eye trouble – 1884

Bad Times published by Wallace – 1886

Wallace begins American lecture tour – 1886, October 9

ARW sees John (brother) in San Francisco – 1887, May 23

Darwinism published by Wallace – 1889, May

Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset – 1889, June to 1902, December

ARW receives Honorary Degree from the University of Oxford – 1889

Wallace reads Bellamy’s Looking Backward and declares socialism – 1889

1890s

ARW provides testimony to Royal Commission on Vaccination – 1890, February to May

Human Selection published by Wallace – 1890, September

New edition of The Malay Archipelago published by Wallace – 1891

Human Progress: Past and Future published by Wallace – 1892, January

Note on Natural Selection published by Wallace – 1892.

Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society – 1893, June

Frances ‘Fanny’ Sims née Wallace (sister) dies – 1893, September 14

The Ice Age and Its Work published by Wallace – 1893, November & December

ARW’s work almost suspended due to poor health – 1896

ARW lectures in Davos, Switzerland – 1896, September

The Wonderful Century published by Wallace – 1898, June 10

Spiritualism and Social Duty published by Wallace – 1898

1900s

Studies Scientific & Social published by Wallace – 1900

Vaccination a Delusion published by Wallace – 1901

New edition of Darwinism published by Wallace – 1901

Proposal as to a Joint Residential Estate signed by Wallace – 1901, May 22

Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset – 1902, December to 1913, November 7

Man’s Place in the Universe published by Wallace – 1903, October

My Life published by Wallace – 1905, October

ARW edits Botanist on the Amazon published by Richard Spruce – 1905

Is Mars Habitable? published by Wallace – 1907

Evolution and Character published by Wallace – 1908, January 1

ARW receives Darwin-Wallace Medal from the Linnean Society of London – 1908, July 1

ARW receives Copley Medal from the Royal Society – 1908, December

ARW receives Order of Merit (OM) from Crown – 1908, December

The World of Life delivered at Royal Institution by Wallace – 1909, January 22

1910s

The World of Life published by Wallace – 1910, December

Geography of the Animal World: Distribution of Wild Life in Time and Place published by Wallace [mentions Gilman] – 1910

Social Environment and Moral Progress published by Wallace – 1913

Revolt of Democracy published by Wallace – 1913

ARW dies – 1913, November 7

ARW buried in Broadstone – 1903, November 10

Annie Wallace (wife) dies – 1914, December 10

Medallion bearing ARW’s name placed in Westminster Abbey – 1915, November 1

ARW portrait unveiled at NHM – 1923, June 23

Violet Isabel Wallace (daughter) dies – 1945, September 7

William Greenell Wallace (son) dies – 1951, May 6

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