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Osborne Morley

Photographer & Town Councillor

Keith Tankard
Updated: 14 October 2009
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DEATH NOTICE: see the Transvaal Archives, MHG 60554.
OBITUARY: see the Daily Dispatch, 28.7.1926.

Osborne Morley was born in New Holland (Yorkshire) in August 1850.

He emigrated to the Cape Colony where he established a photographic business in King William's Town, then moved to East London where he established a similar concern in January 1883.

He lived in East London for about 30 years and became a trustee of the Wesleyan Church and joined the Free Masons' Buffalo Lodge.

He became a Town Councillor in September 1885, representing Ward 3 and was re-elected in February 1886. He did not seek another term after his retirement on rotation in February 1889.

Morley eventually moved to Johannesburg where he died on 21 July 1926, at the age of 76.

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