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Wilhelm Meier

Entrepreneur & Town Councillor

Keith Tankard
Updated: 14 October 2009
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DEATH NOTICE: see the Cape Archives, MOOC 6/9/2567, No 3389.

Wilhelm Frederick Meier was born in Prussia in August 1846.

He emigrated to the Cape Colony in 1858 on board the Wandrahm as part of the German peasant settler scheme, being then a boy of 12. The party landed at East London on 7 December 1858.

Meier's trade was given as that of labourer -- the same as his father. Once he settled at East London, however, he established himself as a merchant.

In January 1908 he chose to participate in the East London Town Council, being elected unopposed to represent Ward 3. He was re-elected in February 1909 and 1912.

Meier died on 20 December 1923 at the age of 77, and was buried at East London.

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