Albert Algar was born in Portsmouth, 1849, the son of a warder at a military prison.
In 1869 Algar advertised as a Photographic artist in the Southampton Trade Directory Photographers section, operating from 5 Magdalene Terrace, St Andrews Road.
By 1871 he had joined the Ordnance Survey. The 1871 census listed Albert Algar, Sapper Royal Engineers, (Ordnance Survey) born Portsmouth 1848.
Algar was promoted to sergeant in 1881, and lived at the Ordnance Survey with his wife Mary, and a large family. In the 1891 census he was listed as a Sergeant Major, and his appointment as Superintendent of Photography at The Ordnance Survey was announced in the London Gazette in 1894.
The Ordnance Survey Offices in 1909.
In 1901 Algar had moved to Canton St, Bedford Place. The census recorded Albert Agar, Superintendent of Photography at The Ordnance Survey. Algar's 20 year old son Arthur was also a photographer.
Albert Agar's occupation was given as Superintendent Photography, Army Pensioner Sergeant Major for the 1911 census.
Algar died in 1939, leaving everything to one of his daughters : Decimus Augustus, occupation - swimming instructor.