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George Eirwood

Saddle Maker & Town Councillor

Keith Tankard
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Updated: 14 October 2009
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DEATH NOTICE: see Cape Archives, MOOC 6/9/2265, No 752.
OBITUARY: see the Daily Dispatch, 10.3.1922.

Very little is known about George Eirwood except that he was born in Limerick, Ireland, in September 1836 and came to the Cape Colony as a young man. He made a living as a saddler and harness maker.

It is not known when he moved to East London but his name pops up as one of the five first members of the Triennial Town Council, elected in May 1873.

It was not a scintillating council and was known for the utterly inept way in which it went about gathering a municipal rate. Indeed, it kept postponing the attempt until, by the time its term of office expired in February 1877, not a penny had yet been collected.

Eirwood served just a few months and then resigned at the end of that year to move to King William's Town.

He died at King William's Town on 7 March 1922. He was 85 years of age.

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