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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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East Ferry Road

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Funeral of Len Olley (21 January 1903-12 July 1938). Len was born at No. 92 East Ferry Road. His mother was Esther Herbert. father was Richard Olley, a stevedore. Len went to school at Glengall Road and worked as a boier-maker's apprentice at Green and Siley Weir. Later he became a stevedore working in the Millwall and West India Docks. Len was very involved with the Docklands Settlement, standing in for the Warden, Mr Kimberley, whenever he was absent; he helped with the organisation of the boys camps etc. Around 1929 Len contracted Anthrax from handling contaminated hides in the docks. He was treated at St. Andrews Hospital and, when able, continued to work at the Docklands Settlement for nine years, although suffering greatly. He died a terrible death in the hospital at the age of 35. A plaque was placed in the chapel to commemorate him. Donated by F. Wilson