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WALKER, Robert

Born: 1854 11 24
Died: ?

Architect; Civil Engineer


Worked as an architect and civil engineer in Natal and in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) from about 1887 to 1916. He was born in London and educated at Westminster and Glasgow University. He came to South Africa in 1887 and practiced in Durban and Ladysmith where he was Engineer for NATAL GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS for seven years. He designed the Ladysmith Town Hall in classical style in partnership with A SINGLETON (cf. WALKER & SINGLETON) and later endured the siege of Ladysmith during which the town hall received a direct hit damaging its tower, restored after the war by W LUCAS. One Walker was listed working in partnership with one Charlton in Bulawayo in 1898/1899, it is likely to have been Robert Walker as Robert Walker settled in Bulawayo about this time. He was still working in Bulawayo in 1916. He married and had a family of thirteen children.

MRSA; MCS; CE; Member British Fire protection committee.

(Gen dir SA 1898/99; Ntl Witness 1 May 1984; SAWW 1916)

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

Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pp

Hillebrand, Melanie. 1975. Aspects of architecture in Natal, 1880 1914. Pietermaritzburg: Unpublished MA. Dept Fine Art and History of Art, University of Natal. pp

Kearney, Brian. 1973. Architecture in Natal from 1824 1893. Cape Town: Balkema. pp