24 August 1882, AF Tancred appointed Kimberley Town Clerk.
AF Tancred – Father of three international sportsmen
Augustus Frederick Tancred was Kimberley’s Town Clerk from 1882 until his death in the diamond mining town on 19 January 1895.
He was born in London, England on 16 July 1834, the son of the Reverend Dr Augustus Joseph Tancred and Evelina Mary Teresa Tancred (nee Lattey). The family – Reverend Tancred, his wife and three sons (including Augustus Frederick) – left Gravesend, England on the ship “George” on Monday 26 December 1841, arriving in Cape Town on Friday 4 March 1842.
AF married Mary Ellen Tancred (nee Smith) on 20 December 1861 at St Bartholomew’s Church in Grahamstown. Mary Ellen had been born in that town on 14 October 1839. (Mary died in England in 1901).
He was the secretary to the Union Boating Company in Port Elizabeth before being appointed the Town Clerk of Kimberley on 24 August 1882, a position he retained until his death in Kimberley on 19 January 1895 aged nearly 61 years.
AF Tancred had also been a Justice of the Peace.
However, he is better known for his three sons – Bernard (10 tests), Louis (14 tests including 3 as captain), and Vincent (1 test), all of whom played cricket at international level for South Africa. Bernard was known as the WG Grace of South Africa. Another son, Claude, who was a most promising sportsman, lost one leg when 18 years old so could not fulfil his early promise.
There were also four daughters born to the union – Aida, Evelina, Mary and Zoe.