Walter Wade, born 31 Dec 1855, was the eldest of 11 children of Walter Wade (an ex-convict) and Alice Phillips, formerly Newton. He was christened at St John's Church of England, Launceston in August 1860 with his sisters Ellen, Lucy and Sarah. He received some education aged 10 and 11 from Mr Abraham Barratt in Trinity Hall. He learned to be a baker from his father who was a baker and pastrycook. A colour poster in the Daily Telegraph in Nov 1891 shows the premises at the Temperance Hotel in Brisbane Street, Launceston where Walter Wade had his business as a caterer, pastrycook, confectioner and biscuit maker.
He married Margaret Lane on 24 Feb 1881 at the Baptist Chapel in York Street, Launceston. They had seven children. In mid 1898 the family moved to Devonport where Walter set up a bakery business in Stewart Street. His daughters were known as the 'The Belles of Devonport'. In the early 1920s Walter and Margaret retired to Mosman, NSW, where Walter died 23 Sep 1925. Margaret returned to Launceston and died there in Sep 1943. Walter's brother Albert is also pictured in this Album. See The Examiner 19 Nov 2005, p. 35.