GRAHAM, Norman Child

1859 - 1931

Norman Child Graham

Born at Herne Hill, Surrey in 1859, fourth child and second son of wealthy Christopher North Graham (15 July 1817-10 May 1889), wholesale grocer, and his wife Isabella née McAndrew (born 12 January 1825), who married at Camberwell in 1852. In 1861, a 1 year old living at 17 Marine Parade, Brighton with his parents, 40 year old Christopher and 32 year old Isabella and three elder siblings, Isabella Sarah Emms (born 1853), Edith Lilian (born 1855) and Christopher Colborne (born 1857). In 1881, a 21 year old student living at 121 Tulse Hill, Lambeth with his 63 year father, a fundholder and seems to have come to Ipswich where he married in 1887, 23 year old Rose (21 July 1863-1940) [Ransome q.v.], daughter of Ipswich ironfounder Robert Ransome, after which he had a varied career. Although living in Oxford Street and South Moulton Street, London 1891-1896, in 1891 a tea merchant living at Rose Mount, Queen Road, Brentwood, Essex and in 1901 an artist living at Freston, Merrow, Guildford, Surrey and in 1911 a 51 year old engineer in general manufacturing at Brook Witley, Hambledon, Surrey with his 46 year old wife Rose, born Ipswich and of his four staff included those from his Ipswich days, Virginia Hagon and Annie Golding, both from Wolverstone, near Ipswich. A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1898-1905 exhibiting from Merrow, Guildford in 1898 a watercolour 'A Surrey Common', in 1899 two watercolours 'Surrey Pastures' and 'Early Morning, Westminster', in 1900 a watercolour 'Showery Weather' and in 1901 an oil 'Departing Day' and a watercolour 'Sea Poppies' and exhibited two painting in 1903 but missed out in 1903 and 1905. In 1920, he was one of the co-founders of the 'Humane Slaughter of Animals Association' which amalgamated with the 'Council of Justice to Animals' in 1928. Graham was Vice Chairman of the organisation, with the Duchess of Portland as its President and included as supporters, authors H G Wells and John Galsworthy, it is now known as the 'Humane Slaughter Association' which works globally to improve the welfare of food animals between the farm-gate and slaughter. Graham held this position until his death at Priors Wood, Compton Road, Godalming, Surrey on 22 April 1931, aged 71, his widow died at the same address in 1940.

The copyright illustration of Mr Norman Child Graham, is courtesy of the Humane Slaughter Association - website www.hsa.org.uk