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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Herbert J. Worgan

of Derby

Herbert Worgan produced stereocards in Derby around the turn of the century, but is unclear whether he did so commercially, or whether he ever operated a studio.


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Herbert J. Worgan was born c. 1859-1860 at Newland in Gloucestershire, where his father John Worgan (1826-1879) was a farmer.  After his father's death in 1879, his mother Harriett Worgan née Herbert (1827-1892) and four siblings moved to Derby, where the eldest son had been employed as a sanitary inspector's superintendent.  In April 1881, Herbert was employed as a teacher at Cleveland House School, Radipole in Dorset, but he, too, moved to Derby.  He remained unmarried in 1901.

In the 1891 and 1901 Censuses, Herbert Worgan is shown as a foreman for the Derby Sanitary Authority.  The stereocards shown below are the only evidence found thus far of Herbert Worgan's photographic abilities.  It is presumed that he pursued it merely as a sideline, or as a hobby.

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Markeaton Stones, Nr Derby, taken by H. Worgan of Derby, Dated 1898
Format: Stereocard Size: Mount (Buff card) 176.5 x 88.5 mm Photos 142 x 83.5 mm
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Markeaton Stones, Nr Derby, taken by H. Worgan of Derby, Dated 1900
Format: Stereocard Size: Mount (Grey card) 179 x 90 mm Photos 141.5 x 82 mm
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References
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1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
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Anon (1891) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories

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