Sellman and Co.

Sellman and Co. were a photographic company based at "The Studio", 56 West Parade, Huddersfield.


William Sellman was born around 1855 in Ewhurst, Sussex, the son of George and Ellen Edhurst.

He married Edith Alice Butler(?) and they had two sons:

  • William George Sellman (1885-1958?)[1]
  • Douglas James Sellman (c.1886-1965)[2]

Both of their sons were born in Scotland. However, by the time of the 1891 Census, the family was residing at Oxford House, 56 West Parade, where William had established a photographic studio. Boarding with them were assistant photographers Jane Wilson (aged 25), Henrietta Wilson (21) and Edward McGowan (20), all of whom were born in Scotland.

He became a Freemason, joining the Huddersfield Lodge of Harmony on 20 July 1899.

The 1901 Census records the family still at 56 West Parade, and boarding with them was Edith Alice's widower uncle, William Butler, and also assistant photographer Annie Gibb (27) of Alnwick, Northumberland.

Edith Alice Sellman died in Huddersfield in 1905, aged 48.

By the time of the 1911 Census, he had moved with his son Douglas to 48 Wilmslow Road, Withington, near Didsbury, Lancashire.

When his son William George joined the Canadian Engineers in 1918, he gave his father's address as 28 High Street, Congleton, Cheshire.


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Notes and References

  1. Born 10 December 1885 in Dumfries, Scotland. Served for 5 years in the Duke of Wellington West Riding Regiment. Emigrated to America, travelling from Liverpool to New York aboard the Carmania in 1906. Worked as a photographer in Richmond, Virginia, and was living at 805 West Clay Street in 1917 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Enlisted with the Canadian Engineers in 1918 — the enlistment record noted he had a "heron tattoo on left forearm." He died at Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, on 2 November 1958, aged 72, and was buried on 4 November at the Sharon Memorial Park Cemetery.
  2. Married 12 June 1919 to Marion Grace Cook at Addlestone, by which time he was working as an electrician and living in Walton-on-Thames. Died in New Zealand and buried at Bay of Plenty, Thames Valley. The burial record gives his nickname as "Pop".