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Alan Cameron Walker

Alan Cameron Walker (1865–1931) was an Australian architect and philanthropist, born in Hobart, Tasmania. The grandson of John Walker, he was educated at Hutchins School and apprenticed to Henry Hunter. He produced many Tasmanian government and other buildings during his career, and was also a keen silversmith, serving as President of the Tasmanian Arts and Crafts Society for 25 years. He was the first President of the Tasmanian Architect's Registration Board.

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Life

Walker was born in 1865, fourth son of Herbert Walker. He was educated at the Hutchins School.

Walker was apprenticed to Henry Hunter. Upon completion of his apprenticeship, he studied in Britain under Professor Roger Smith and then worked for Sir Banister Fletcher recording sketches of historic British buildings. He was admitted an associate to the Royal Institute of British Architects and upon return to Australia he worked for the architectural firm of Ellerker & Kilburn in Melbourne. He then worked on his own, during which time he served on the council of the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects. He returned to Tasmania in 1895, 6 years after marrying Mabel Robertson. In Tasmania he designed several major public buildings, as well as supervising major additions to St David's Anglican Cathedral, and was active in the arts community. He married his second wife Daisy Hook in 1922. He died on 12 December 1931 of Valvular heart disease.

Death

Upon his death, his will of was valued at net of £31,565. His will was appealed to the High Court by his wife Daisy regarding whether or not the 1000 pound annuity he had left her required her to live in his home of Huonden. When she was unsuccessful an appeal was then submitted to the Privy Council but dismissed.

Architectural works

  • Hobart General Post Office
  • Werndee (home of Premier of Tasmania Elliott Lewis)
  • Old State Library (now Carnegie Building, Maritime Museum of Tasmania)
  • St Raphael's, Fern Tree
  • National Mutual Life Building, Hobart
  • St David's Cathedral, Hobart cloisters addition
  • Commercial Travelers Club, Launceston (demolished)
  • Springs Hotel, Mt Wellington (destroyed, 1967 Tasmanian fires)
  • St Peter’s Catholic Church, Kempton, Tasmania
  • Silversmithing

    Walker was noted for his success in silversmithing, though he did it primarily as a hobby. A coffee pot fashioned by him is exhibited in the Art Gallery of South Australia.

    References

    Alan Cameron Walker Wikipedia


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