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Herbert Smith

Entrepreneur & Town Councillor

Keith Tankard
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Updated: 14 October 2009
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DEATH NOTICE: see the Cape Archives, MOOC 6/9/485, No 3249.

Herbert Mallors Smith was born in Port Elizabeth in November 1852.

He settled at East London where he became a produce merchant, general merchant as well as a shipping, forwarding and commission agent. He was also agent for the Fire Marine Assurance Company.

He was elected to the Town Council in December 1886 as a member for Ward 1 but his seat was declared vacant in March 1887 because he had attended no meetings whatsoever. There was nobody willing to replace him, however, and so the seat remained vacant for another year.

Smith died in Ladysmith on 2 October 1903 while travelling to Natal from Johannesburg. He was 50 years of age.

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