Cecil and his father George Shadbolt were Pioneer Photographers with George Shadbolt's last recorded address is 119 Hopton Road, Streatham.
"Mr Cecil Victor Shadbolt, one of the occupants of the ill-fated balloon which went up from the Crystal Palace grounds, on the 29th died from the serious injuries he sustained.... His remains were on Wednesday afternoon interred at the Norwood Cemetery. Owing in part to the steady downpour of rain, and to the fact that the deceased was not a resident in the locality, the funeral was very quietly conducted.... An open hearse conveyed the coffin from the Norwood Cottage Hospital where he died, followed by one coach containing his father and brother"
Cecil’s father George (1819–1901) dealt in mahogany and other fine timber. He was an early experimenter in photography and a student of optics with a strong interest in inno- vative techniques. A founder member of the Photographic Society and a writer and editor of the Photographic Journal and the Liverpool and Manchester Journal, subsequently the British Journal of Photography
(Extracts Colin Fenn)
Victorian gas balloon aerial images below