Manitoba Photographers: Edward Walker (1836-1924)
Born at Lymm, Cheshire, England on 20 November 1836, he walked with the aid of two canes throughout adult life, as a result of polio contracted as a child. In mid-1895, he left Stockport, England to immigrate to Canada with three of his children, Dora Ellen Walker (1879-1949, wife of William E. Swain), Maude L. “Daisy” Walker (1882-1974), and Edward Theodore “Teddy” Walker (1885-1979) and settled at Millwood. He took up a homestead at NW18-19-29W but it appears his son did most of the farm work to gain title to the land. Walker worked as a professional photographer, was the community’s postmaster from 1901 to 1921 (passing the task on to his daughter Dora, who continued it until 1943), and operated a small store. He died at Millwood on 20 August 1924. A collection of his photographs is held at the S. J. McKee Archives.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Post Offices and Postmasters, Library and Archives Canada.
Soldiers of the First World War, Library and Archives Canada.
Western Land Grants, Library and Archives Canada.
Edward Walker fonds, S. J. McKee Archives.
We thank Jeff Henderson and Larry Farquhar for providing information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 17 January 2014
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