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Henry Smith

Grocer & Town Councillor

Keith Tankard
Updated: 14 October 2009
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DEATH NOTICE: see the Cape Archives, MOOC 6/9/1516, No 3217.

Henry Smith was born in Totness (Devonshire) in March 1846.

He emigrated to the Cape Colony where he became a grocer and general dealer, as well as the owner of Oilman's Stores on the West Bank. He was at one time on the committee of the Kaffrarian Steam Landing and Shipping Company.

He entered municipal politics in April 1874 when he was elected unopposed for Ward 1 (only five people attended the election meeting). He remained a commissioner for the duration of the triennial period and was nominated again in February 1877 but was not elected. He entered the Council again in July 1877 but resigned in August 1878.

Smith died on 7 June 1919, at the age of 73, and was buried at East London.

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