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William Smale

Boot Mender & Town Councillor

Keith Tankard
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Updated: 14 October 2009
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DEATH NOTICE: see the Master's Office, Cape Town, No 72170.
OBITUARY: see the Daily Dispatch, 20.1.1941.

William Smale was born in Lifton (Devonshire) on 25 October 1853.

He arrived at East London in 1879 where he founded a boot and shoe business, known as W. Smale & Company on the Market Square.

He was elected to the East London Town Council in February 1884 to represent Ward 3 but resigned in June 1886.

Smale died on 17 January 1941 at the age of 87, and was buried at East London.

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