Basic Biographical Details

Name: Walter Nicol McKinlay
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1878
Bio Notes: Walter Nicol McKinlay was born in Edinburgh about 1878, the son of George McKinlay, bookbinder and his wife Elizabeth. Details of his training are uncertain as yet. By 1901 he was living as a boarder with a professor of music and his wife in London and at this date he is described as a 'architects draughtsman' and around this time was working in the office of Sir Aston Webb. He was certainly there at the same time as William Hawke. It was in Webb's office that McKinlay and Hawke successfully entered the competition for the University of the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town, and travelled to Cape Town in 1905. The partnership with Hawke lasted almost forty years.

McKinlay married Clara Frances Beatrice Lawrence in Kalk Bay in the 1920s. He retired in 1943.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Aston Webbc. 1901 Assistant 
Item 2 of 2Hawke & McKinley and C P Walgate1921After 1923Partner 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of Website of artefacts, for the recording of South African buildingsAccessed September 2013. (per Roger Fisher)

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Census records onlineCensuses