Alfred Coleman Bonner was born in Launceston on 18 Jan 1854, the only son of Thomas John Bonner (c.1822-1858) and his wife Eliza Morris (1833-1924) who married on 5 May 1853. His father arrived in the colony in 1838 at the age of 16 and commenced work for the law firm Gleadow and Henty, where he worked until his death in Dec 1858. Alfred had one younger sister, Alice Ellen, who was born in 1857.
Alfred spent a number of years in New Zealand, where he married Adolphina Sinclair Johnston in Dunedin in 1881. Their first child Alice was born in New Zealand in 1884 but died aged 4 days. They had another daughter Ina Alice in 1885. Their four sons were born in Launceston: Thomas, 1886; Edgar, 1890; Charles, 1891 and Walter, 1893. The second son Edgar married Nance Mabel Hart, the daughter of Charles Anthony Hart, on 5 Apr 1930.
Alfred worked for Wallbridge & Co., plumbers, gasfitters and importers. In 1900 he gained employment at The Examiner newspaper as a clerk, where he worked until his retirement in 1919. He was an active member of the Northern Tasmanian Camera Club. Alfred died aged 77 on 9 Aug 1930 at his residence at Legana. His wife Adolphina died aged 98 in Sep 1958. They were buried together at Carr Villa in Section B13 No. 110.
Alfred's aunts, Mary Gunn and Caroline Wilkinson, also are pictured in the Launceston Family album.