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William Marshall

Attorney & Town Councillor

Keith Tankard
Updated: 14 October 2009
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DEATH NOTICE: see the Master's Office, Cape Town, No 41059.
OBITUARY: see the Daily Dispatch, 16.3.1934.

William Francis Marshall was born in Port Elizabeth in October 1858 and was educated at the Grey Institute, matriculating in 1875.

He entered the office of Chabaud and Son -- solicitors -- and completed his articles with Dyason and Carlisle. He was admitted as a member of the side-bar in 1880 and began practice as an attorney and notary in Adelaide.

He settled at East London in 1882 as an attorney, notary public and conveyancer, and in 1895 established the firm Marshall and Drake which served as legal adviser to the Harbour Board and the Cambridge Municipality.

He later became a Justice of the Peace and then Deputy Sheriff of East London. He was also chairman of the first School Board for Cambridge High School and was the Town Solicitor for the Cambridge Municipality.

Marshall became involved in municipal politics in June 1886 when he was elected for Ward 3 but he left the Council within a month.

He was then chosen to be Town Solicitor in March 1887 but resigned the position in December 1889 because he believed that he had been snubbed by the Council which had not approached him to deal with a case against a certain brickmaking company.

He died on 15 March 1934 at the age of 74, and was buried at East London.

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