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Biographical entry Walker, Fred (1884 - 1935)

Born
5 January 1884
Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
Died
21 July 1935
Auburn, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Industrialist

Summary

Fred Walker was managing director of Fred Walker & Co. from ca 1921 to 1935. The company began marketing the commercial yeast-extract "Vegemite" in 1924. In 1926 he formed the Kraft Walker Cheese Co., together with James L. Kraft of Chicago, to manufacture processed cheese.

Details

Born 5 January 1884. Died 21 July 1935. Worked for J. Bartram & Sons, produce and export merchants 1899-1902, set up his own import and export business, Fred Walker & Co., Hong Kong 1903-08, importer and exporter, Melbourne 1908-10, began canning food for export 1910, began to manufacture Bonox 1918, expanded to Sydney 1918 and Adelaide and New Zealand 1919, formed a new company, Fred walker & Co.,ca 1921, marketed Vegemite 1924, formed the Kraft Walker Cheese Co. in May 1926 to manufacture processed cheese. Endowed the Fred walker prize for postgraduate chemistry, University of Melbourne.

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Farrer, Keith Thomas Henry, 'Walker, Fred (1884-1935), Merchant and Industrialist', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 12, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1990, pp. 357-358. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A120399b.htm. Details

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See also

Rosanne Walker