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Digital Gallery Images

The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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David Thomas 1880

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Island History Trust Image Collection


David Thomas, engineer. Mr Thomas was born in Glamorganshire. As a young man, he emigrated to Australia. On the boat he met a young governess - Miss Mustin; they married and had two children. When his wife died, David returned to England and settled on the Isle of Dogs, where he re-married and had a further eight children. He was an engineer/ caretaker, at the sack factory of Levy Brothers and Knowles, in Westferry Road. by Mrs D. Clayden