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Donald Ashley Birkinshaw
Donovan EH Box
His father died not long after he was born at 113 Preston Road, Brighton, and his mother, Lily May Griffin, remarried on June 21, 1908. Her new husband was Henry Streeter. He was landlord of the then Railway Inn, now the Badgers, at Coultershaw near Petworth.
He attended Midhurst Grammar then was employed in a bank before returning to Petworth in the early 1920s to become a professional photographer.
In 1928, George Garland married Phyllis Sarah Knight - "Sally", a teacher turned journalist, who ran the business, leaving him free to roam the countryside on his motorcycle and sidecar in search of photos and to meet the local people. Both he and Sally, became local news reporters being paid a penny a line for their news. Sally died in 1965 they had no children.
George also photographed weddings, christenings, funerals, fetes, cricket, football and stoolball matches, Young Farmers Club events, sheep fairs, ploughing matches, hunt meetings, and much more.
When George Garland died in 1978, his collection of over 70,000 negatives went to the West Sussex Record Office, to become known as The Garland Collection, which has featured in many National exhibitions since.
This entry is ongoing, any further information or images would be gratefully received
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A short collection of some of his works -
- Early photos and archived material. Major contributor is Roger Clarke from Windsor who has donated part of his mothers collection of photos taken by Donovan Box c.1925 - 1930. The bulk of the photographs show days out with a local Rambling Group within Sussex and Surrey. Individuals within the photos are at present unknown except for Eva Alma Evans [later Clarke] - born 16 January 1906 in Brentford, Middlesex, died 20 February, 2002 in Four Marks, nr. Alton, Hants - Roger Clarkes mother.
There are also images by Donovan Box in the Vintage Trail, Harting section
sources & thanks to
Roger Clarke, Windsor
Guildford Archaeological society
Anyone wishing to contact Roger Clarke may do so by emailing us and your message will be passed on.
This section is ongoing. Any further information etc., on Donovan Box, or the content in this section, would be gratefully accepted
He stopped production in about 1953 as purchase tax made his profit margin too small to continue. From then onwards he only took photographs for his own pleasure. Donald never married, living with his mother on the Hogs back near Farnham, Surrey until 1970 when she died. He later moved to Wiltshire, Somerset and Cornwall where he died on June 25th 1988.
Born 4 January 1853 in the East End of London his parents were Benjamin Williams Ball and Sylvia Ball nee Good.
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