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Walter Saville

Birthplace: Durban, Natal, South Africa
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Joshua Saville and Helen Saville
Husband of Bertha Ellen Saville and Ethel M F Saville (Smith)
Father of William Cowley Saville; Underwood J Saville, MC, CM; Natalie Helen Muirhead; Eric Saville; Mildred Chieveley Beard and 4 others
Brother of Arthur Saville; Henry Cowley Saville; Percy Saville; Hubert Saville; Edgar Cowley Saville and 2 others

Occupation: Transport Rider and Sugar Planter, Sugar planter
Managed by: Christopher Michael Wheeler Barrett
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About Walter Saville

Educated at Upper Glenwood and Durban High Schools.

Cecil Cowley (cousin) records Walter was in charge of a company called Cowley and Iles that cleared the bush from Avoca to Umgeni and sold the timber to the railway company stacking it at the side of the track so the engine driver could pick it up when he needed to.

In 1889 when William Cowley died in whose business Walter and his brother Percy had been key figures, they stayed on at "Fairford" and in the business of farming and transport riding.

In 1901 on the loss of his wife Bertha he went to Madagascar to buy hump-backed cattle (Malundas) and in his absence "Rogers" ruined the businees. He went to the Bank and gave them everything he'd still got ,was given a clean receipt and £200 to start again in the transport riding business. Cecil said "He then went to Gobles, at Upper Tongaat, where there was a very good looking girl called Ethel Featonby-Smith. He said to her " Ethel, I'm broke, I've got 5 children, I'm just going to make a new start in Zululand, a country where there's fever, a wild country. I'm going to make a frsh start under dreadful circumstances - will you marry me?" They moved up after the birth of their first son in 1905.

He became a pioneer of sugar growing and processing in Zululand.

Addresses in 1933 were 193, North Ridge Road, Durban and Entumeni, Zululand.

Managing Director, Entumeni Sugar Milling Co. (Pty) Ltd. Member of the Durban Club. Foundation member of the Durban Country Club. Supporter of the South African Party.

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Walter Saville's Timeline

December 24, 1865
Natal, South Africa
Age 25
Natal, South Africa
April 2, 1893
Age 27
Illovo, Natal, South Africa
December 3, 1894
Age 28
Umzimbaazi, North Umzimyathi, Natal, South Africa
Age 31
Amatikulu, Zululand, South Africa
Age 34
Age 39
Upper Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
July 11, 1910
Age 44
London, UK