Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Walker Knowles
Designation: Architect
Born: 22 May 1855
Died: c. 1921
Bio Notes: William Walker Knowles was born on 22 May 1855 in Whiteinch, Glasgow, the eldest son of Charles Jasper Knowles, boilermaker and his wife Janet. He emigrated to Australia before 1878 the year in which he married Barbara Elizabeth McDiarmid, only daughter of the late William McDiarmid, of Sydney, and niece of John Goodsir, shipowner, of Newcastle, and Edward Goodsir, of Balmain.

Knowles practised and an architect and builder in Balmain and formed a partnership with George Arthur Down. This was dissolved in 1889. In 1892 he was declared bankrupt. This seems to have continued until after 1903. By that date he was in Pymble.

Knowles died in Sydney in 1921. His wife died in 1934.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Sydney, AustraliaBusiness   
Item 2 of 2Union Street, Balmain, New South Wales, AustraliaBusiness18831891And from 1902-1907

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1George Macfie Poole18891893Apprentice 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Sydney Morning Herald22 June 1878   
Item 2 of 3Sydney Morning Herald28 March 1889   
Item 3 of 3Sydney Morning Herald30 May 1903   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Mark TurnbullInformation supplied via 'Contact Us' Sent 2011- from a variety of sources including NSW Bankruptcy Records, genealogy records, and directories