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Charles Neale

Stevedore, Town Councillor and Mayor

Keith Tankard
Updated: 14 October 2009
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DEATH NOTICE: see the Transvaal Archives, MHG 990/46.

Charles John Neale was born in England in April 1862.

Once he had settled in East London, he became partner in the firm Neale, Jackson and Company, stevedores, contractors and marine surveyors.

He was elected to the Town Council in February 1908, representing Ward 3. He was thereafter elected unopposed in February 1911 and 1914, remaining in the Council until 1922. He then had another short spell from 1928 to 1929.

Neale served as Deputy Mayor from 1914 till 1916 and again in 1920, and was elected Mayor from September 1920 until September 1923.

He died in Johannesburg on 27 January 1946 at the age of 83, but was buried at East London.

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