James Storrar was a farmer's son, born on 5 Feb 1855 at 'Jeaniestown Farm' near Collessie, Fife, Scotland. He emigrated with his wife Mary, nee Wilkie, to Launceston around 1882-85. His initial employment was said to be with the Waverley Woollen Mills, Hinman and Wright, hardware merchants, and FL Fysh. He subsequently started up a business as a shopkeeper and general merchant. James was a tenor in the Exhibition Choir in 1891-92.
He and his wife moved to Flowerdale and later, Burnie, where he continued as a successful shopkeeper in Mount Street. James died on 11 May 1915 at his residence, 'The Avenue', Queen Street, Burnie, and was buried in the Wivenhoe Cemetery.
James is connected in some way to Miss Fraser who is also pictured in the Family Album. She might have been in a choir which James conducted. Before his departure from Scotland, James was presented with a baton as a parting gift from his church in Slamannan, in the Falkirk district. After his death James' widow Mary took the baton back to Slamannan, where it remains to this day.