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Edwin Gregg

Butcher & Town Councillor

Keith Tankard
Updated: 14 October 2009
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DEATH NOTICE: see the Cape Archives, MOOC 6/9/525, No 1767.

Edwin Gregg was born at Tredegar (Wales) in 1848.

He emigrated to the Cape Colony in 1881 and established himself in Oxford Street, East London, as a butcher in the firm Smith and Gregg.

He entered the Town Council in May 1903 in Ward 2 but did not stand for re-election when he retired on rotation in February 1904 because he was shortly due to leave for England.

His sojourn at East London was economically topsy-turvy. A dramatic recession hit South Africa during the mid-1880s -- known as the Great Depression to contemporaries. This was followed by two decades of prosperity following the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand in 1886.

Indeed, this was a golden age at East London: a period of unprecedented growth, the introduction of electricity, a tramway system and the building of the town hall.

Edwin Gregg died on 30 December 1904 while at Weston-Super-Mare, at the age of 56. In keeping with his last wish, his body was returned to East London where he was buried in February that year.

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