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Henry Wood

Grocer & Town Councillor

Keith Tankard
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Updated: 14 October 2009
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Henry Wood was born in Wakefield (Yorkshire) in October 1850. He emigrated to the Cape Colony where he eventually established himself as a grocer in East London.

He was elected to the Town Council for Ward 1 in November 1882, was not re-elected in 1885 but won a seat in June that year and was re-elected in 1886.

He left the Council in December 1886, at the height of what contemporaries called the "Great Depression", and went to Barberton in an attempt to make his fortune on the gold rush. His bid failed, however, and he returned to East London in July 1890.

Wood died on 11 July 1931 at the age of 81, and was buried at East London.

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