10 Dec

William Walker

Archive, Norman Mowatt, People of the Picture House

Biography File: People of Campbeltown Picture House
Full NameWilliam Walker
Maiden name / other names
Birth date11th May 1858Birth place: Glasgow
Death date25th December 1931Death place: Newcastle upon Tyne
Father’s full nameWilliam Walker
Mother’s full name
(maiden name in brackets)
Margaret Walker (Sangster)
Spouse(s)Mary Walker (MS unknown)


  • Alexander Walker      b1890
  • William Walker           b1891
  • Charles Walker           b1893
Places of residence


  • Glasgow
  • Aberdeen
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
Occupation history


  • Bookseller
  • Cinematograph and concert party impresario
  • Cinema Manager
  • Film Renter
Relationship with Picture House / Rex Cinema
  • Cinematograph and concert party in Victoria Halls
Life story in a paragraph (summary of above)




Death of Scottish Cinema Pioneer

Former Aberdonian

News has been received in Aberdeen of the death at his residence, 66 Lovaine Place, Newcastle, of Mr William Walker, formerly bookseller at 36 Bridge Street, Aberdeen, and subsequently at 19 Bridge Street, and the pioneer of the cinematograph in Aberdeen and the North.

It was as an entertainer that Mr Walker established a Scottish reputation. Messrs Walker & CO. specialising in lantern exhibitions from Dumfries-shire to the far North of Scotland, concert parties almost invariably accompanying these exhibitions. At one time, it is stated, the firm had over 10,000 slides and were able to illustrate almost any lecture that might be delivered from a public platform.

It was not surprising, therefore, that when cinematographs made their appearance the firm speedily recognised their merit for entertainment purposes, and the first of the cinema shows in the North were those of which Mr Walker had the superintendence.

He personally went to London to gain all the knowledge he could get from the exhibition of cinematographs there. He made good use of that knowledge when he returned North.

Almost thirty years ago Mr Walker left Aberdeen for the South, disposing of his bookseller’s business to the firm of A. Brown & Co.

Published: Tuesday 05 January 1932 Dundee Evening Telegraph


Contact with family established (details)?No
External source references (e.g. census, BMD, valuation rolls, probate index, wills, parish records etc.) include ref. numbers


  • Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950
  • 1861 to 191 census returns
  • England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
  • England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations)
  • Obituary:
  • Published: Tuesday 05 January 1932
  • Newspaper: Dundee Evening Telegraph
CPH archive or object collection referenceCinematograph and concert party in Victoria Halls
Other notes(on file)
ResearcherNorman Mowatt 
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