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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Alfred Thomas Dillon

of Walcot, Chesterfield & Great Malvern

Alfred T. Dillon practised intermittently as a photographer between 1881 and 1901, with a very short spell in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.


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Alfred Thomas Dillon was born at Walcot, Bath in Somerset, on 18 June 1864, son of a butcher Robert Dillon (1820-1893) and his second wife Sarah née Johnstone.  He became an apprentice to a photographer in his home town of Bath as a teenager, where he was working in 1881.  By 1889, however, he had married and was living in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, where a daughter Norah was born.  Kelly's trade directory for 1891, probably compiled in late 1890, shows him as a newspaper reporter, living at Bridge street, Belper, but in April 1891 the family had moved to Lincoln, where Alfred and his wife Florence show themselves as "actor" and "actress", respectively.  Work in that profession was obviously intermittent, because by late 1899 (Kelly, 1900) they were living at 2 Albert Villas, Great Malvern in Worcestershire.  They were still there in 1901, when Arthur once again described himself as a photographer's assistant.  Alfred T. Dillon died in the Eton Registration District on 7 October 1929.

A single cabinet card by A.T. Dillon, from his time in Chesterfield, is shown below - it was probably taken in the late 1880s.  He is not listed by Adamson (1997).

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Image © & courtesy of Maria Lawless
Unidentified group
by A.T. Dillon of Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1888-1889

Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Maria Lawless

Notes


References
Images and information kindly provided by Peter Dillon and Maria Lawless
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Anon (1887) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
Anon (1891) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1895) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co. Limited, London.
Anon (1900) Kelly's Directory of Worcestershire, Kelly & Co. Limited, London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Adamson, Keith I.P. (1997) Professional Photographers in Derbyshire 1843 - 1914, The PhotoHistorian, No. 118 Supplement, September 1997, ISSN 0957-0209. Courtesy of John Bradley.

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