COLLETT, Alfred Master

1858 - 1937

Born at Melcombe Regis, Dorset at the end of 1858 and baptised at Weymouth on 9 February 1859, only child of Daniel Collett (1829-1889), an engineer/iron founder, and his first wife Elizabeth [Lizzie] Pollard née Canwell, who married at Hackney, London in 1857. In 1861, a 2 year old living at 7 Mary's Street, Radipole near Melcombe Regis with his parents, 32 year old Daniel and 30 year old Lizzie and ten years later their address is given as 7 Grosvenor Road, Radipole. His mother died at Radipole in July 1875 when his father remarried in 1877 Mary Sherwood Ireland. Alfred matriculated at Keeble College, Oxford on 15 October 1877 aged 18, graduating BA in 1880, proceeding MA 1884, ordained deacon in 1882 and priest at Norwich the following year and was curate of St Mary Stoke, Ipswich from 1882. A member of Ipswich Art Club 1884-1885 exhibiting in 1883 from Mill Cottage, Belstead Road, Ipswich, four monochromes ‘Witney Church, Oxon’, ‘Manor House, Radipole, near Weymouth’, ‘Wimbourne Minster, Dorset’ and ‘Magdalen Bridge, Oxford'. In 1884 exhibiting from Gipping House, Burrell Road and in 1885 from St Mary Stoke, Ipswich, exhibited two monochromes ‘Sketch of Sproughton’ and ‘Bramford’. In 1901, unmarried, living in retirement, with his widowed step-mother, at 5 Selkirk Parade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. He died as a patient at Cheltenham Infirmary on 4 May 1937, aged 79, his will was proved at Gloucester on 27 May the same year, he was unmarried. His personal effects worth £641. 19s. 2d were handled by Henry Edwin Daniel, a retired bank official.