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William Leathern

Also Known As: "Wild Bill"
Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: Durban, Durban Metro, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Death: March 26, 1946 (89)
Durban, Durban Metro, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of William Leathern, Jnr and Hannah Leathern
Husband of Christina Leathern
Father of William Wainman Watson Leathern; David Arthur Raymond Leathern; Evelyn Alfred Reginald Leathern; Isabella Annie Maud Marsh; Thomas Wilfred Qn Leathern and 7 others
Brother of Sally Huneberg and Charlotte Leathern

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About William Leathern

The first transport service to Pilgrims Rest was William Leathern's wagon. this travelled to Lydenburg every weekend. Leathern claimed that he never left anyone at Lydenburg no matter what his condition.

Among the most noted of these experts was a well known Maritzburg citizen, familiarly known as Bill Leathern, whose fame as a handler of the whip was as wide as the subcontinent itself. He was credited with being able to flick the neck off a bottle or send a shilling flying off the ground with the point of the lash. There were lions to be encountered in the days when Mr Leathern was on the road and to the end of his days he bore the marks of a mauling received in an encounter with one of these kings of the veld.

From: Roadside Memories: the Reminiscences of A. E. Smith of Thornville


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William Leathern's Timeline

February 1857
Durban, Durban Metro, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
April 14, 1883
Age 26
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
November 2, 1884
Age 27
May 23, 1886
Age 29
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
May 9, 1888
Age 31
July 18, 1889
Age 32
Pietermaritzburg, Indlovu DC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
March 11, 1891
Age 34
July 27, 1894
Age 37
Ladysmith, South Africa
Age 36
Natal, South Africa
February 26, 1896
Age 39
Ladysmith, South Africa