Archdeacon R.H. Walker in Uganda

Scope and Content

An album of photographs measuring approximately 105 x 75 mm or 75 x 105 mm and arranged two to a page. Annotations written on paper (presumably by Archdeacon Walker) are stuck into the album. The photographs show groups of people and domestic life in Uganda, including: crossing a swamp, a funeral procession, a village schoolroom, Daudi the infant King of Uganda, interior of the Native Parliament house, Apolo Kagwa the Katikiro or Prime Minister, Mr. And Mrs. Cyril Gordon, making a bridge, boat builders at work, Pilkington's grave, men beating 'bark cloth', Schoolchildren, herding goats, oil sellers, The Revd. Henry Wright Duta, native police, Mutesa's tomb, the King's musicians, and the 'Mission Well' at Namirembe. The photographs are by Charles William Hattersley (a C.M.S. missionary).

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Henry Walker (1857-1939) was born on 24 March 1857 in Malton, Yorkshire, the son of the Revd John Walker (1821-1904), Rector of Bradwell, Suffolk, 1864-1904, and Louisa Gertrude Walker. He attended Dedham Grammar School, and entered St John's College, Cambridge, in 1875 (B.A., 1879; M.A., 1882). He was ordained deacon in 1880, and priest in 1881, and was Curate of All Souls, Langham Place, London, 1880-1887. Walker joined the Christian Missionary Society in 1887, and was based at Usambiro and Mengo, 1889-1893. He was Archdeacon of Uganda, 1893-1912, and Secretary of the C.M.S. in Uganda, 1890-1912. He married Eleanor, daughter of George Barbour of Bolesworth Castle, Cheshire, in 1910. After returning to England, Walker was Vicar of Broxbourne, 1913-1919. He died on 10 January 1939 at Ealing.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Presented by Dr. David Trapnell, great-nephew of Archdeacon Walker, 1995.


Includes index.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection can be found on ArchiveSearch.

Related Material

The R.C.S. Photograph Collection includes Walker's correspondence and papers, RCMS 339, received with the photographs.

The University of Birmingham holds correspondence and papers of Robert Walker, CMS/ACC88.

Location of Originals

To view five images from this collection:

Y3045T/11 - A boy buying a bible at the book shop

Y3045T/12 - A canoe on the Lake Victoria Nyanza

Y3045T/14 - The Infant King Daudi being held up by his mother

Y3045T/79 - A butcher's stall in the market place

Y3045T/80 - The 'Mission well' at Namirembe

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Additional Information

This collection level description was entered by WS and MJC.

DateText: An annotation written in the inside cover of the album dates the photographs as the 'early part of 1900, or before this.'.

Walker, Robert Henry, 1857-1939, Archdeacon of Uganda