John Austin Mollett (1810 - 1840) MP

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Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Managed by: Calvin John Mollett
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About John Austin Mollett

John Austen Mollett, at the time of his death, was the printer and editor of the “Cape Times”. It is believed that this newspaper first appeared on 1 Jan 1840. He operated out of 5 Hout Street, Cape Town - from the printing business called Brink, Mollett, Roubaix and Keeve, also known as Brink, Mollett & Co. ('Mollett' in the company's name refers to his father Samuel John Mollett.) This ‘Cape Times’ is not related to the modern day Cape Times’ – a daily newspaper in Cape Town.

Both John Austen and his wife Johanna Dorothea died in 1840. He died 9 weeks before the birth of his son George Pike and she 5 days after. It is likely that both were victims of the smallpox epidemic that ravaged Cape Town in 1840.

It is likely that the four orphans were adopted by a George James PIKE, a printer and likely a friend of Samuel John Mollett Snr. and John Austen.

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John Austin Mollett's Timeline

May 29, 1810
Middlesex, England
September 23, 1833
Age 23
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
September 13, 1834
Age 24
Cape Town, WC, South Africa
Age 27
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
July 18, 1840
Age 30
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa