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Frederick Jarvis

Entrepreneur & Town Councillor

Keith Tankard
Updated: 14 October 2009
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DEATH NOTICE: see the Cape Archives, MOOC 6/9/820, No 1050.

Frederick Joly Jarvis was born in Port Elizabeth in August 1848. He settled at East London where he worked for the firm FW Bompas and Company.

He became a town councillor to represent Ward 1 in February 1877 at the start of the second Triennial Council and thereupon began a regular procession in and out of the Council. He resigned in March 1878, was re-elected in September that year, resigned in April 1879 but replaced Alfred Webb in Ward 2 in June 1880.

That was his shortest spell as councillor for he resigned immediately and looked for a seat in Ward 1 which he gained in December by a majority of two votes to one.

He was not re-elected when he retired on rotation in February 1881 but returned to the Council in July 1884 in the place of Charles Viall. He resigned permanently in 1885.

Jarvis eventually retired to Cambridge where he died on 15 April 1916 after having been paralysed for eight years. He was then 67 years of age.

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