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James Humphrey

Carpenter & Town Councillor

Keith Tankard
Updated: 14 October 2009
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James Humphrey Hawkins was born in New Brompton (Chatham) on 2 February 1845.

It is not known when he came to South Africa or, indeed, when he settled at East London. It is known, however, that he became a carpenter, joiner and undertaker.

He entered the Town Council as a representative for Ward 1 in February 1880, but served only a few months before resigning in December because military duties took him to Basutoland. He later moved to Kimberley where he worked for De Beers Mines.

Hawkins died in Johannesburg on 3 December 1921, at the age of 76. He was buried at East London.

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