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Edmund Hallam

Entrepreneur & Town Councillor

Keith Tankard
Updated: 14 October 2009
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DEATH NOTICE: see Cape Archives, MOOC 6/9/2830, No 8646.

Edmund Hallam Elton was born in Taunton (Somerset) in 1860 and arrived in the Cape Colony in 1880.

It isn't known when he moved to East London but we suddenly find him at the head of E.H. Elton & Company, landing and forwarding agents.

In October 1900 he expanded his business by taking over the electrical company known as Reunert and Leinz. Elton was therefore one of the first electricians at East London.

His firm was the agency for the Expanded Metal Company and he served as chairman of the East London Mutual Building Society and of the Seaman's Institute -- a branch of the Mission to Seamen .

Elton was elected to the Town Council as a member for Ward 4 in February 1896 and re-elected unopposed in 1898 but his seat was declared vacant in June the following year.

He stood again in July 1900 against Charles Humphrey but the election was declared null and void because neither man had paid his rates. He lost the re-election in August.

He died of acute pleuro-pneumonia on 30 July 1925 in Cape Town. He was then 65 years of age.

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