Enoch Henry Walklate was born in Collingwood, Victoria, on 15 Aug 1858, the second youngest of seven children of John Wolfe Walklate (1817-1893) and Ann Dorothy Gangell (1828-1920), who were married in St George's Church, Battery Point, Hobart, on 5 Nov 1849. The Walklate family had been associated with the Staffordshire potteries as painters as far back as the early 18th century. John, a potter and servant, was convicted in Staffordshire on 23 Aug 1841 and sentenced to 14 years' transportation. He arrived in Van Diemen's Land on the ship Marquis of Hastings (2) on 8 Nov 1842.
Henry, the name he preferred, spent most of his life in Tasmania. His artistic flair surfaced early and he took lessons from artists such as Joshua Higgs, Gladstone Eyre and Houghton Forrest. To supplement his income, Henry sold his paintings and illuminated address cards. He was a member of the Tasmanian and Victorian Artists Society. His painting of 'The Gorge Bridge' was restored for exhibition in 1991 for the Australasian Congress of Genealogy and Heraldry.
Henry married Lucy Martha Atkins (born 8 May 1862) at the Wesleyan Church, Evandale, on 8 July 1885. The couple made their home at Trevallyn and had a family of five boys and three girls between 1886 and 1901. E Walklate was a tenor in the Exhibition Choir in 1891-92. Henry died at West Brunswick, Victoria, on 29 Sep 1939 aged 81. Lucy died at East Melbourne on 15 Dec 1945 aged 82 and was buried with Henry at the Fawkner Cemetery. See the article by Barbara Valentine in The Examiner 29 Jul 2006, p. 32.