Henry (Harry) Hughes Dickson (1863 - 1943)

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Birthplace: Fauresmith, Orange Free State, South Africa
Death: Died
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About Henry (Harry) Hughes Dickson

An extract from "Men of the Times" "MR. HENRY HUGHES DICKSON was born at Fauresmith, Orange River Colony, in the year 1863, and is the third son of the late Mr. W. A. Dickson, a well-known merchant for many years in Fauresmith, and one of the pioneers of the O.Y.S., and a prominent member of the old Free State Government. On the termination of his schooling days, spent at Lovedale School, in the Cape Colony, he launched out into life by joining the firm of Messrs. Knight Brothers, merchants, of Burghersdorp, with whom he remained for the following five years. He then set up in business as a merchant at Jagersfontein, together with Mr. W. H. Beddy, and continuing as such till the year 1893, when he received the appointment as floor manager to the New Jagersfontein Diamond Mining Co., and since that date has continued to fill such appointment. During the past five years he has been a hard-working member of the Municipal Council of Jagersfontein, and in addition, for the last two years has held the position of Deputy-Mayor for the town, and although he was on several occasions approached to fill the Mayoral Chair at the last election, he was obliged to refuse the honour on account of his duties in connection with the mine. He is a prominent Mason of the Star of Africa Lodge, and a Past Master of same, and for the past two years has held the Chair as Worshipful Master of that Lodge. Mr. Dickson is well known in sporting circles, and filled the position of Hon. Secretary to the Jagersfontein and Fauresmith Turf Club for seven consecutive years. During the late Anglo-Boer War Mr. Dickson formed the Town Guard of Beaufort West, Cape Colony, holding the rank of Major until the termination of hostilities, and was present at the time of the attack on Jagersfontein in October 1900, and is in receipt of the Queen's medal and clasps. In political matters he may be termed a " Moderate," and was one of the prime movers in the mass meeting held in Jagersfontein to secure delegates to lay a programme of moderation before the Constitutional Committee at Bloemfontein, and was one of the delegates chosen at the meeting. In the year 1900 he married Julia, youngest daughter of the late C. J . Kemper, Esq., of Colesberg, Cape Colony, and has issue three sons and two daughters."

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Henry Dickson's Timeline

April 3, 1863
Fauresmith, Orange Free State, South Africa
Age 29
September 22, 1896
Age 33
Jagersfontein, Free State, South Africa
Age 36
January 23, 1943
Age 79
North Umzimyathi, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa