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WALKER, Hubert William

Born: ?
Died: 1921


Was probably born in England. He was articled to HM Townsend, ARIBA, Peterborough, for five years (1885-90) and worked for a number of architects after completing his articles: WE Mills, ARIBA of Banbury; Charles Henman, ARIBA, Croydon, as assistant and then a year as clerk of works for WE Mills. Walker passed the RIBA final examination in 1894 in London. He was first recorded living in Johannesburg in 1897. On the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War he left Johannesburg for Port Elizabeth where he remained; his address in Port Elizabeth in 1899 was Shell Cottage in Havelock St.

By about 1904/1905 he was in partnership with HJC CORDEAUX of East London (cf. CORDEAUX & WALKER). Walker probably managed the Port Elizabeth end of the business. In 1906 he was a member of the South African delegation to the 7th International Congress of Architects in London. The partnership with Cordeaux seems to have ended before 1909 since the RIBA Kalendar (1909/10) listed him was working in Colombo, Ceylon where he was conducting 'a large practice established some years ago with great success' (AB&E Mar 1921:1 obit.) At some point he returned to Port Elizabeth where he died in Port Elizabeth from an illness contracted while on a visit to his family; the Architect, Builder and Engineer (Mar 1921:1 obit) further recording that Walker had been 'responsible for charming examples of domestic work in the area ... essentially English in feeling, he was able to impart much restraint and refined detail to his work ... in Walmer and elsewhere'.

ARIBA Jhb 1897. (AB&E Mar 1921:1 obit; ARIBA nom papers 1897; RIBA Kals 1897, 1899, 1909/10; SAMBF Jnl 1904, 1905)

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Books citing WALKER

Brown, SM. 1969. Architects and others: an annotated list of people of South African interest appearing in the RIBA Journal 1880 1925. Johannesburg: Unpublished dissertation, University of the Witwatersrand. pp