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Charles Viall

Entrepreneur & Town Councillor

Keith Tankard
Updated: 14 October 2009
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DEATH NOTICE: see the Cape Archives, MOOC 6/9/299, No 1974.
OBITUARY: see the East London Dispatch. 28.10.1891.

Charles Edward Viall was born in London in November 1849.

He eventually settled in East London where he established a drapery and clothing store in High Street on the West Bank. He was also a general merchant.

He was elected to the Town Council unopposed for Ward 1 in August 1883 in the place of Charles Nicholls but resigned in July 1884 on account of business. He thereupon left East London for Sterkstroom where he became manager of T Bailey and Company.

He died of consumption in Sterkstroom on 24 October 1891, at the age of 41.

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