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Biographical entry Walker, Fred (1884 - 1935)

5 January 1884
Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
21 July 1935
Auburn, Victoria, Australia


Fred Walker was managing director of Fred Walker & Co. from c.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.


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.

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Rosanne Walker