Richard Whinnerah

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A scene from amateur drama captured by Richard Whinnerah
Richard Whinnerah's picture of a corner of the Royal Square

Although active much later than most of the other photographers profiled in Jerripedia, Richard Whinnerah was nevertheless an influential person in the history of Jersey photography.

Born in Beverley, East Yorkshire, in 1913, he came to Jersey in 1930 and worked for Albert Smith in York Street and later at R Wills in Halkett Place and, during the war, in Boots photographic department.

In 1946, in partnership with Sam Sennett, he set up a photographic business at 19 King Street. In 1954 Whinnerah went into business on his own next door at 17 King Street – advertising as "Photographic Dealer, Commercial Photographer, Passport Photographs". Apart from photography, one of his main interests was the amateur dramatic group "The Green Room Club" - which he joined in 1930 - and many of his images are of theatre productions. He was married, with two children, and he died in 1977.

The on line photographic archive of La Société Jersiaise contains over 150 of his photographs.

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