BANISTER, John (1797-1870) curate. A fine 1/4 plate tinted ambrotype of a gentleman with a clerical cravat, mounted in a full plain leather case. An old piece of paper is attached to the back of the plate bearing an inscription reading "Revd. John Banister Rector of Alton & West Worldham Hants. Father of M.M.Banister wife of W.P.Nichols F.R.C.S.".
John Banister was the son of Thomas Banister Esq of Sittingbourne, Kent. He attended Worcester College Oxford, attained BA in 1809 and proceeded to MA in 1812. In 1814 he became Curate of Bampton, Oxfordshire and married married Mary Matilda Shuttlewoth. He was Stipendary Curate at Southam, Warwickshire 1816-1818, where their first two children William and Frederick were born, and in 1818 they settled in Alton, Hampshire where John had been appointed Curate (he was later Perpetual Curate and Minister at West Worldham). At Alton their other children Edward, Matilda Mary and John were born. Matilda Mary Banister married William Peter Nichols in 1846, who became an eminent surgeon at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, and in 1861 was elected Mayor of Norwich.