30 March 1892, William Shilling of Shilling Bottles fame, dies.
WILLIAM SHILLING OF SHILLING BOTTLES
Collectors of old bottles, as well as many elder residents of Kimberley and surrounds, recall the Shilling bottles, the glass bottles with the “marble” in the neck that preceded the more common Shilling stoneware bottle. These bottles can collect a fine price today.
William Shilling was a native of East Dereham, Norfolk in England and was born on 31 August 1837.
He married Emily Hodges in England and they immigrated to South Africa in 1858, ending up on the diamond fields in Kimberley in 1876 where he started the Shilling Aerated Water Factory on the corner of Southey Street and Stockdale Street. Stockdale Street in the late 19th century/early 20th century Kimberley was a good place to have a business, boasting the De Beers head office, the Queen’s Hotel, the Permanent Building Society as well as the municipal workshops including the Fire Brigade.
William and Emily had eight children, five girls and three boys – Emily (born 1860), George William (1863), Eliza Jane (1868), Ann Louisa (1869), Fanny (1871), Sidney Joseph (1875), James Augustus (1882), and Helena Hester (1885).
Of the above James and Helena were born in Kimberley. Both were born after their elder brother George had married Hester Jackson in Cape Town in 1881, aged 18 years. Sidney did not live long and died in Kimberley in September 1879 aged four years.
William Shilling died in Kimberley on 30 March 1892 and is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery.
Shortly after his death the Shilling factory was sold to a Mr Carrolson in 1892, who in turn, sold it to William Lawrence in 1896.
Pictured are three different Shilling bottles.