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Carl Malcomess

Entrepreneur, Town Councillor & Politician

Keith Tankard
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Updated: 14 October 2009
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DEATH NOTICE: see the Master's Office, Cape Town, No 5165/50.
OBITUARY: see the Daily Dispatch, 9.9.1950.

Carl Hermann, son of Hermann Malcomess, was born at King William's Town on 2 October 1873.

He was educated at Dale College and then in Germany but returned to the Cape at the age of 18, at which stage he farmed in the East London and Berlin districts.

He thereupon joined his father in the Malcomess businesses, and became Managing Director on his father's retirement in 1903. He also became a member of the Beach Hotel Company. He himself retired in 1921.

Carl entered the Council in March 1907 when he was elected unopposed. He was re-elected unopposed in February 1910 and again in 1911 (twice) when ill-health caused his seat to become vacant, and once more in February 1913 when he retired on rotation.

He resigned his seat in March 1914, after which he changed his mind and was re-elected. His seat fell vacant once more in November 1914 and he decided not to stand again.

Some ten years after his retirement, Carl decided to pursue his political interest by becoming a Member of the Provincial Council for King William's Town from 1931 to 1937, at which point he was appointed to the Union Senate to represent the interests of the Cape "Natives". He served in that capacity until his death.

He died at Wolsley Estate (Berlin) on 8 September 1950, at the age of 76.

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