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William Balne, SV/PROG

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: London, England
Death: March 9, 1902 (71)
17 Church St, Mowbray, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Vincent George Boucher Balne and Unknown Balne
Husband of Ellen Nancy Balne
Father of William George Balne; Ellen Charlotte Behr; Emily Sarah Morom; Lucy Elizabeth Hart; Alice Mary Ann Prillevitz and 5 others
Half brother of Alfred George Dyason Balne; Maria Sarah Balne; Elizabeth Julia Pollard; George Balne; William Sylvester? Balne and 2 others

Occupation: Carpenter/builder
Managed by: Jennifer Ann Goldhill
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About William Balne, SV/PROG

Death Notice : https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSQX-C9X8-G?mode=g&i=750&cat=331262

According to the memories and personal research (with living descendants and archival records) of Helen E Cock-Collins: The families of (brothers) Vincent and half-brother William did not know of/talk about each other. The cousins (children of the two men) did not know of the existence of each other. William owned a lot of property, whilst Vincent died insolvent.

Speculation that William "disowned" his father, possibly upset at his second marriage?

Birthdate copied from a document known as "the Balne family bible" by descendant Dorothy Langham (via daughter Alice, who married Jakob Prillevitz), sent to Helen E. Cock-Collins.

Place of death (last address) recorded by handwritten transcript of MOOC Archives death notice. 17 Church St Mowbray. Lists all children (the women with their married surnames) and says it was signed by son-in-law G.W. (?) Morom - although Emily's husband was George Davis Morom...?

Buried at St Peter's Cemetery in Mowbray, Cape Town, with his wife Ellen. No photos online yet (Aug 2015). General article about the cemetery here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cape_Town_-_St_Peter's_Cemetery,_Main_Road,_Mowbray.JPG Inscription:Thy will be done - who departed this life on 9 March 1902 in his 73rd year.

Several properties around and including what is now 1 St Andew's Road (corner of Rouwkoop Road), Rondebosch, were bought for William by his father (Vincent), when he was 19 years old, in 1849. The railway line from Salt River to Wynberg was built in 1864 and ground was expropriated for this by the Railway Administration. Cape Town Municipality acquired land at a much later date, to build the road. Also, the Dutch Reformed Church apparently built on some land once owned by the Balnes. (Documentation to follow - obtained from the Deeds Office.)

Willliam subsequently owned a lot of property in Rondebosch - Belmont Road, Liesbeeck Road, Albion Road, Station Road, Rouwkoop Road, Station Road - mainly "workmen's cottages". There's an implication that he may have been a bit of a "slumlord". He was taken to court by Liesbeeck Municipality about various matters, such as the possibly fetid water, possibly the cause of diptheria in the area (possibly a gravel pit?) - dismissed due to insufficient evidence. There's a report that wells on the properties between Station Road and the river were unfit for domestic use and drinking, in 1896. He was ordered to close the wells over. Further prosecution in 1897 when work was still not completed. He was ordered to provide privvies for his tenants.

Also - according to Hazel Hoy, there was a family story that he fell out with one of the Anglican churches relating to building work, and thereafter refused to have any more of his children baptised C of E, so the remainder became Methodists(?).

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William Balne, SV/PROG's Timeline

December 25, 1830
London, England
September 1, 1852
Age 21
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
September 11, 1854
Age 23
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
October 22, 1856
Age 25
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
August 11, 1858
Age 27
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
January 3, 1861
Age 30
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
October 10, 1863
Age 32
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
April 28, 1867
Age 36
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
August 6, 1869
Age 38
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa