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Found my Walkers in UK!

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I have traced which Walkers I needed using new information entered from Parish registers. I have succeeded in tracing back to the early 1800s, which is a great advance on 1900!

Surnames: WALKER
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by KableWalker Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2013-03-16 08:18:24

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by ngairedith on 2013-03-16 08:29:26

hello Kay,
well done ...

did you see this, at Walkers in Old Gorge Cemetery
your family left London, then Plymouth on 20 Oct 1906. They arrived into Wellington via Capetown and Hobart, about 4th December 1906. The whole ship had to be fumagated from stem to stern at Capetown for an outbreak of smallpox and when it arrived at Hobart only passengers for that port wre allowed off

from the newspapers of 14 Dec 1906:
... The voyage of the Corinthic from London was at one stage made interesting by a birth on board, the mother being a third class passenger, Mrs Walker. In honour of the ship and its captain the child was christened David Corinthic Walker. A subscription list was passed round, and realised between 8 and 9 (for the child of the ocean). The birth took place on the 23rd ult.
(so presuming Nov 23 1906 -- 8 to 9 is the same today as ($1250 - $1400)

to New Zealand, Destination: - Wellington
Port of departure: - London
Line: - Shaw Savill & Albion Co Limited
Name of Ship: - Corinthic
Contract ticket number: - 011348
Occupation: - None
Passengers: - Gertrude Walker 31; Gladys Walker 8; Ed Walker 4; Hector Walker 2

William Walker
Gertrude (nee Lawrence) - his wife
Victoria Gladys Walker - his daughter
Edward Alfred Walker - his son (died Port Macquarie)
Hector Granville Walker - his son
- another son, William Gerald Walker (1899-1902), died before they left

This also means any of their children born after David were born in New Zealand

of interest The Marylebone Club Cricket team was also on board and played their opening match of the tour in New Plymouth 7th Dec

by KableWalker on 2015-06-27 09:54:05

Hi ngairedith

I didnt get back to this section of the site until now, so sorry about no reply. I knew about that set of Walkers in New Zealand as Edward Alfred Walker was my father. David Corinthic Walker was my Uncle Kince- it sounded such a normal name when I was a child! That money they raised aboard ship must have been an absolute godsend given the size of the family, traveling to a new country. Mrs Gertrude Walker was a tailor/garment cutter and her husband was a tailor's presser. They both went to work in the Levis Suit Factory in Wellington and sent their sons to Wellington College. Several more sons were born in New Zealand but all died close to birth except one, Ivan Wilfrid Walker, who died from diabetes in 1938 when his only child was 6 weeks old. Hector Granville Walker also died of diabetes about a year after his 2nd child was born, in 1955.
Incidentally, all the Walker boys played cricket and there are some family photos of them in their whites with bats and balls at the ready, so the ships experience must have stuck with Hec and my father.
Anyway- this may be old and boring news so I won't carry on!


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