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Walter Reginald Hume (1873 - 1943)

Walter Reginald Hume
Born in Collingwood, Colony of Victoriamap
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Died at age 69 in Kew, Victoria, Australiamap
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Walter Reginald HUME was a well known inventor and entrepreneur n Australia.

He was born on 29 November 1873 in Collingwood, Colony of Victoria[1]. His parents were James Hill HUME and Caroline GILL.

As a young man he worked construction jobs and farming with his brother, Ernest. They saw the need for fencing droppers (for fencing in livestock) which they patented and started producing.

By 1904 the demand was so great a second factory was developed in Adelaide, Australia. With the early 20th century there was less demand for pasture fencing so they changed gears towards ornamental steel fencing.

They continued until early 1910 when they formed Humes' Patent Cement Iron Syndicate Ltd to develop Walter's revolutionary centrifugal process for the manufacture of steel reinforced concrete pipes. These new concept of water, sewage pipes changed pipe manufacturing industry world wide, so reducing the cost of constructing essential water, sewerage and drainage facilities.

Alice Louise MUDFORD and Walter Reginald HUME were married on 23 November 1909 at All Saints Church Moonta, South Australia, Australia[2].

Their children included:

Walter Bourne HUME 1910-1944
Reginald Bourne HUME 1912-2001
Kenneth Bourne HUME 1914-1970
Alice Ivy Bourne HUME 1915-1916
Christopher Ross Bourne HUME 1918-1987

He passed away from cancer on 21 July 1943 in Kew, Victoria, Australia[3] and was buried at the Springvale Botanical Cemetery[4].


  1. Birth, Deaths and Marriages, Victoria Online Registry. Event: births; Registration number 1531 / 1874; Family name: HUME; Given name(s) Walter Reginald; Place of event: COLL'WOOD, Australia; Mother's name Caroline GILL; Father's Name: James Hill.
  2. Genealogy South Australia: Marriage. HUME, Walter Reginald; MUDFORD, Alice Louise; 23-Nov-1909; James Hill HUME; Benjamin MUDFORD; Daly; 241/476.
  3. Birth, Deaths and Marriages, Victoria Online Registry. Event: deaths; Registration number 7390 / 1943; Family name: HUME; Given name(s) Walter Reginald; Place of event: KEW, Australia; Mother's name Caroline GILL; Father's Name: James HUME.
  4. Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed 9 February 2023), memorial page for Walter Reginald Hume (29 Nov 1873–1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 43167669, citing Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Springvale, Greater Dandenong City, Victoria, Australia; Maintained by soilsister (contributor 46846269).

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Thank you, Chris. Honoured to be answered by you. Amazing place you have created.

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posted by Judith Sowden
Hi, I am 2C2R to Walter and do have more details for him, which I would be happy to add.

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posted by Judith Sowden
Thank you, Judith! This profile was badly in need of some TLC and should have been Open. I've opened it.
posted by Chris Whitten