ROM's Champion

1910s

ROM's Champion

Era: 

  • 1905 - 1914
  • portrait of seated man in opulent room

    Sir Edmund Walker at his home on St. George St.

  • bust at the entrance to gallery

    He still watches over us. Here, when the bust was new, the geology galleries are behind him. Look for him in the Rotunda.

The ROM is fortunate that Sir Edmund Walker believed in a museum for Toronto that would be both academic and public. He was able to gather all the stakeholders together so that the initial funding would be 50:50 government and university. As President of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, as well as Chairman of the Board of Governors at the University of Toronto, he held the reins. It is astonishing how many institutions he helped to found - especially cultural and historical. As a boy, he collected fossils, and he gave his collection to the ROM together with his splendid palaeontological library. He also presented Japanese wood block prints. Having sponsored several digs in Alberta, he lived to see our iconic Parasaurolophus specimen named after him.

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