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Charles Nicholls

Entrepreneur & Town Councillor

Keith Tankard
Updated: 14 October 2009
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It is with great sadness that we have to announce that the creator of The Labyrinth of East London Lore, Dr T., has passed away. Helping people through his website gave him no end of pleasure. If you had contact with him and would like to leave a message, please send us an e-mail here.

DEATH NOTICE: see the Master's Office, Cape Town, No 93316.

Charles Edward Nicholls was born in Mossel Bay in December 1844.

He settled at East London where he became a general merchant and landing, forwarding and shipping agent. He served for a time on the committee of the Kaffrarian Steam Landing, Shipping and Forwarding Company.

Nicholls was elected to the Town Council for Ward 1 in February 1877 at the start of the second Triennial Board.

He participated in the walk-out of June that year as a protest at the municipal offices being moved from the historic west bank to the east bank. He was immediately re-elected, and again in February 1880, 1881 and 1883.

He eventually resigned from the Council in August 1883 after he had gone insolvent.

He died at Observatory (Cape Town) on 22 October 1915 at the age of 71.

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