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Henry John

Entrepreneur & Town Councillor

Keith Tankard
Updated: 14 October 2009
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Very little is known about Henry John Ellis except that he was a partner in the firm Coutts and Ellis, later H Ellis and Company, general merchants.

In April 1907 he was elected to represent Ward 2 of the Town Council to replace William Symons but did not seek re-election when he retired on rotation in February 1909.

This was an era of economic stagnation at the port. From a golden age with rapid growth from 1890 through to about 1905, East London spiralled into a post-Boer War recession that would last a full five years.

It is possible that Ellis felt the economic stress and so decided to leave East London for pastures new.

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