Wallace Randolph Chisholm


South Beacon Road, Hadlow Down

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Music teacher, 136 Framfield Road in Uckfield from about 1910 until 1922 or later. Wallace Randolph Chisholm was born at Loose near Maidstone in Kent in 1870, and was the son of William Chisholm, born in Scotland in about 1838, who moved south to work as a gardener. Wallace had an elder brother, William Hugh Chisholm, born in 1863 at St Mary Cray near Bromley in Kent and an elder sister, Jane Isabella Chisholm, born near Maidstone in 1865. When the 1891 census was held, William Chisholm was a widower and was living with Jane and Wallace at West Peckham in Kent. Wallace was working as a gardener, but by 1901, when the family had moved to nearby Shipbourne, he had become a music teacher. Soon after settling in Uckfield he took charge of the town band, which achieved great success in the years leading up to the First World War.

Chisholm published black and white real photographic cards of Hadlow Down, Maresfield and Uckfield, which are now quite hard to come by. No postmarks have been reported. The photographs on some of the cards have white borders, but others lack borders. The backs have a printed and oddly punctuated label: " W. R. Chisholm, 136, Framfield Rd Uckfield". The handwriting of the captions that are present on the fronts of some of the cards strongly recalls that on many of the cards sold by John Frisby, and indeed a variant of the card shown above exists that is labelled "J. Frisby, Uckfield". Possibly, Chisholm acquired the negative from Frisby or vice versa.

In addition to publishing topographical postcards that may originally have all been the work of Frisby, Chisholm published a number of outdoor portrait photos of individuals and groups in the form of postcards. Once again, there is the difficulty of knowing whether he or Frisby took the original pictures.

Wallace Chisholm died at Uckfield in 1934, aged 63.

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