James Whyte Sorell was born at Deloraine on 1 Jul 1882, the youngest son of surveyor Hugh Percy Sorell (1831-1909) and his wife Dora Forbes Coverdale (1839-1932). He was named after his uncle by marriage, James Wilkinson Whyte, who adopted James' sister Jessie when he was 3 years old. James, a bank clerk, married Beatrice Jane McKenzie on 15 Sep 1908 at St Andrew's Manse, Hobart. A daughter, Nerida Lambie, was born on 18 Oct 1908 in Hobart. Their eldest son Gilbert Speake was born at Penguin on 15 Jan 1910. Their second son Donald Forbes, born at Penguin on 1 Jun 1911, died two days later. They also had a son Alexander James who died in Adelaide in 1971.
The portrait for George Sorell has been removed from the Launceston Family Album; a space with his name indicates where it had been. George was born at Deloraine on 6 Nov 1878 and would therefore have been about 13 years old at the time the photograph was taken. George was educated at the Launceston Church Grammar School. He married Olive Elizabeth Vidgen of 'Lowinere', Hamilton, Brisbane, on 27 Nov 1907, at St David's Cathedral, Hobart. They had one daughter, Dora Elizabeth, who married Evan Kingley Drummond Evans, a farmer on King Island. George was employed as an accountant and manager by the Bank of Australasia in Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart and Burnie. His wife Olive died at their residence, 35 Avon Street, Burnie, on 2 Sep 1944. George died aged 86 at the Spencer Home for the Aged, Wynyard, on 24 Sep 1965.