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William Henry

Entrepreneur & Town Councillor

Keith Tankard
Updated: 14 October 2009
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DEATH NOTICE: see Master's Office, Cape Town, No 54450.
OBITUARY: see theDaily Dispatch, 24.4.1937.

William Henry Fuller was born in Melksham (Wiltshire) in July 1858 and came to the Cape Colony in 1864. He was educated at the South African College in Cape Town, after which he studied at the London University College.

He returned to the Cape and became involved in the commercial world in Port Elizabeth and then East London, where he was made the director of Dyer and Dyer Limited.

He was for several years director of the East London Boating Company and chairman of the Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Harbour Board and represented the Union Steamship Company at East London.

He became a Lieutenant Colonel during the Anglo-Boer War, commanding the Town Guard. He also served as consular agent for the United States.

Fuller was elected to the Municipal Board to represent Ward 2 in February 1877, at the age of 19, but resigned his seat in December the following year.

He clearly spent the rest of his life at East London although nothing more is known of him.

He died on 23 April 1937 at the age of 78, and was buried at East London.

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