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McKINLAY, Walter Nicol

Born: 1877
Died: 1953 05 19


McKINLAY came to South Africa around 1905 with W HAWKE as co-winner of the competition for the University of the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town (1905). He was born in Edinburgh. Details of his training are uncertain but he was in Sir Aston Webb's office at the same time as William HAWKE, possibly as a pupil. It was in Webb's office that McKINLAY and HAWKE successfully entered the competition for the University of the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town, forming a career-long partnership of almost forty years (cf HAWKE & McKINLAY). He married Clara Frances Beatrice Lawrence in Kalk Bay in the 1920s. He retired in 1943.

Of interest is that Beatrice Lawrence's brother was Harry Lawrence, well-known in politics and from 1938 to 1948 a Cabinet minister.

This entry was kindly corrected and updated, and the photograph supplied, by Jeremy Lawrence, son of Harry Lawrence.

ISAA 1927

Publications: "University Buildings, Cape Town" SAAE&S Jnl May 1906:111

Afr Archt Mar 1912:93; ISAA mem list; Master of the Supreme Court Deceased Estates (CT) 2701/53; UTD 1915.

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 McKINLAY

ISAA. 1927. Register of Members the Institute of South African Architects. Johannesburg: ISAA (Unpublished Record). pp M13

Walker, Michael. 2010. A Statement In Stone. Cape Town: Privately published by Michael Walker. pp 69