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John Dircks

Entrepreneur & Town Councillor

Keith Tankard
Updated: 14 October 2009
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It is with great sadness that we have to announce that the creator of The Labyrinth of East London Lore, Dr T., has passed away. Helping people through his website gave him no end of pleasure. If you had contact with him and would like to leave a message, please send us an e-mail here.

DEATH NOTICE: see Cape Archives, MOOC 6/9/2563, No 3306.

Johann (John) Friederich Wilhelm Dircks was born in Hamburg (Germany) on 19 August 1848.

It is not known when he arrived in East London but that he worked for the firm Malcher and Malcomess -- later Malcomess and Company -- in East London and was the Vice-Consul for Germany in 1889.

Dircks was elected to the Town Council for Ward 2 in June 1883 but retired in February 1884 and was not re-elected.

This was the era of what contemporaries called the Great Depression which lasted some three years from 1883 till 1886. It thereafter came to an end as a result of the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand.

Dircks died on 2 January 1924 at the age of 75 and was buried at East London.

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