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Thomas Ferdinand Walker (1838-1921) of Thomas Walker and Son, Ship's Log Manufacturer, 58 Oxford Street, Birmingham.
1838 Born in Digbeth son of Thomas Walker
1861 With his father, he patented the first 'Walker Ship Log'
c.1864 Acquired a glass business, John Walsh Walsh, that had been previously owned by his father-in-law.
1871 Ship log's maker
1878 Dissolution of the Partnership between Thomas Ferdinand Walker and Joseph Beverley Fenby, at Andover street, Fazeley street, and Victoria-buildings, Albert-street, Birmingham, as Wood Carvers and Camp Furniture Manufacturers. The business of the late firm was continued by Joseph Beverley Fenby and another, under the style or firm of J. B. Fenby and Co.
1881 Thomas F. Walker 42, glassmaker, employing 60 men, 12 boys and 6 women, lived in Lodge Road (Glass Works), Birmingham, Ellen E. Walker 39, Thomas S. Walker 16
1911 Thomas Ferdinand Walker 72, employer, nautical instruments, lived in Edgbaston with Ellen Eliza Walker 69 and Philip Jeffery Walker 41, employer in glass making
1922 Obituary 
THOMAS FERDINAND WALKER was born in Birmingham in 1838, and was educated at Edgbaston Proprietary School and at the Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers in Paris.
Very early in life he joined his father as partner in the business of nautical instrument making, and successfully produced the "Cherub" Log, in which the rotator is in the water and the register placed on the taffrail, this being the modern form of ship's log.
He was a Director, and at one time Chairman of the Birmingham Small Arms Co., Ltd., also a Director of various other engineering enterprises.
He died on the 28th November 1921, in his eighty-fourth year.
He became a Member of this Institution in 1876.