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Thomas King

Parliamentarian, Magistrate & Town Councillor

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Updated: 14 October 2009
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DEATH NOTICE: see Cape Archives, MOOC 6/9/387, No 1049.
OBITUARY: see the Daily Dispatch, 4.4.1899.

Thomas Alfred King was born in Grahamstown on 9 January 1834.

He was originally a sheep farmer who became a Member of Parliament for Victoria East in the first parliament under Responsible Government. He also served for a time as a magistrate in the Transkei.

In 1887 King moved to Johannesburg where he opened a share and mine property business but eventually retired to East London in 1890.

He entered municipal politics in May 1892 and was re-elected in February 1896 and again in 1897.

He died on 4 April 1899, after a long illness and was buried at East London. He was then 65 years of age.

Since King was still a councillor at the time of his death, King Street was subsequently named in his honour.

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